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types of fiber

  • S__oluble viscous fibre__ dissolves in water and forms a gel-like material in the digestive tract that helps lower cholesterol and maintain healthy blood sugar levels as part of your diet.Sources include oats, barley, fruits, legumes (beans and peas), and psyllium. Insoluble fibre does not dissolve in water. Insoluble fibre can add bulk to the stool. Sources include wheat bran, whole grain cereals and breads, and many vegetables. Most plant-based foods contain both types in varying amounts. For good health, it’s best to eat a wide variety of high-fibre foods.

*Always read the label, use only as directed. If symptoms persist, see your healthcare professional.

** Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol that include 7 grams of soluble fibre from psyllium husk, as in Meta products, may lower cholesterol levels. Reductions in cholesterol levels may contribute to reducing the risk of heart disease. Consult a doctor if you are planning to take Meta products as part of a cholesterol lowering program.

^ Whorwell Clinical Trial, UK 2006. Am J Gastroenterol. 2006 Jul;101(7):1581-90