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Are there different type of dietary fibers?
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Dr. Martin Fried
General Practice
6 doctors agree
In brief: Soluble, insoluble
soluble fiber as in oatmeal, sops up water and makes your stool firmer. Its great when you have diarrhea to make a firmer stool.
Insoluble fiber is not absorbed and leads to more frequent stooling. Its best used when you are constipated and need to go to the bathroom more often.

In brief: Soluble, insoluble
soluble fiber as in oatmeal, sops up water and makes your stool firmer. Its great when you have diarrhea to make a firmer stool.
Insoluble fiber is not absorbed and leads to more frequent stooling. Its best used when you are constipated and need to go to the bathroom more often.
Dr. Martin Fried
Dr. Martin Fried
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Dr. George Mathew
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
4 doctors agree
In brief: See below
Soluble fiber dissolves in water while insoluble fiber does not.
It can be metabolically inert and provide bulking.

In brief: See below
Soluble fiber dissolves in water while insoluble fiber does not.
It can be metabolically inert and provide bulking.
Dr. George Mathew
Dr. George Mathew
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Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
There are 2 types of fibers.
The fruit type tend to be more soluble whereas bran, psyllium tends to be more insoluble fiber. Both can have effects on the GI tract.

In brief: Yes
There are 2 types of fibers.
The fruit type tend to be more soluble whereas bran, psyllium tends to be more insoluble fiber. Both can have effects on the GI tract.
Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
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