- Q What are the health benefits of soluble fiber?
Dr. Dean Ornish, Internal MedicineSoluble fibers form gels that delay the absorption of certain foods, including cholesterol. Oat bran is only one of many types of soluble fibers that may lower blood cholesterol levels. Others include rice bran, rolled oats, carrots, pectins (found in... Full Answer
- Q What are phytochemicals?
Emilia Klapp, Nutrition & DieteticsPhytochemicals are non-nutritive chemicals in plant foods that protect plants from microbial invasions and infections. Researchers have learned that these chemicals also are crucial in protecting humans against disease, particularly heart disease. They... Full Answer
- Q What are the health benefits of fiber?
Dr. Michael Roizen, Internal MedicineRegularly loading up on waist-friendly, high-fiber foods helps you live longer. That's because they slash your chances of dying of heart disease and infectious and respiratory diseases by up to 60% and of any disease by about 20%. Fiber also... Full Answer
- Q What are the types of fiber?
Dr. Doris Day, DermatologyThere are two types of fiber: Soluble, found in fruits and vegetables, beans and oats. These dissolve in water and help keep total cholesterol under control. Insoluble, found in whole grain foods such as wheat bran. These help us feel fuller and... Full Answer
- Q How does fiber affect appetite?
Keri Gans, Nutrition & DieteticsIn a 2009 study, researchers in Toronto fed two groups of people breakfast. The first group got a low-fiber breakfast cereal with 1 percent milk. The second group was given a high-fiber variety (which contained 28.5 grams of fiber per serving),... Full Answer
- Q What is insoluble fiber?
Emilia Klapp, Nutrition & DieteticsInsoluble fiber is a subclass of fiber, which itself is a group of carbohydrates. This type of fiber leaves the body in much the same form as it enters because the body does not have the enzymes necessary to digest it. Because this fiber absorbs... Full Answer