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How does fiber affect blood sugar?

Emilia Klapp
Nutrition & Dietetics
The fiber in carbohydrates can influence how quickly your blood sugar rises depending on the type of fiber and its particle size. Oats, for instance, contain a viscous fiber that thickens the food mixture that enters the digestive tract. This slows digestion, making for a lower blood-sugar response. On the other hand, wheat fiber that is finely ground can raise your blood sugar as rapidly as white bread because their small particle size makes digestion easier.

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