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Dietary Fibres & 6 Nutri Fibres

Posted Sep 13 2008 11:45pm

What is dietary fiber?

Dietary fiber, also known as roughage or bulk, includes all parts of plant foods that your body can't digest or absorb. Unlike other food components such as fats, proteins or carbohydrates — which your body breaks down and absorbs — fiber isn't digested by your body. Therefore, it passes virtually unchanged through your stomach and small intestine and into your colon.

Fiber is often classified into two categories: those that don't dissolve in water (insoluble fiber) and those that do (soluble fiber).

Insoluble fiber.This type of fiber promotes the movement of material through your digestive system and increases stool bulk, so it can be of benefit to those who struggle with constipation or irregular stools. Whole-wheat flour, wheat bran, nuts and many vegetables are good sources ofinsoluble fiber.

Soluble fiber.This type of fiber dissolves in water to form a gel-like material. It can help lower blood cholesterol and glucose levels. You can find generous quantities of soluble fiber in oats, peas, beans, apples, citrus fruits, carrots, barley and psyllium.

The amount of each type of fiber varies in different plant foods. To receive the greatest health benefit, eat a wide variety of high-fiber foods. Try to include these foods in your diet.


Contains dietary fibre, selenium and manganese


Good source of selenium, phosphorus and anti oxidants. Rich in dietary fibre which helps reduce cholesterol.


Produces proteins and minerals.

Jowar is rich in dietary fibre and slowly digestable starch.

Provides manganese and phosphorus essential for bone structure and energy metabolism. A good source of dietary fibre.

Rich in dietary fibre. Excellent source of calcium that is essential for bone and teeth formation.

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