What is Fiber?
Learn a few of the fiber basics, the benefits of eating it, and find out if your kids are getting enough of it throughout their day!
Fiber is a substance found in plants that the human body cannot break down. The two types of fiber are soluble fiber and insoluble fiber.
- Soluble fiber can dissolve in water and is found mainly in oats, beans, and fruit.
- Insoluble fiber cannot dissolve in water and is found in whole grain products and vegetables.
In particular, soluble fiber helps to control blood sugar and cholesterol levels and insoluble fiber aids in stool formation and release. Both types of fiber are beneficial to health so it is important to eat a variety of high fiber foods.
Benefits of Eating Fiber
- Helps control blood sugar and blood cholesterol levels
- Helps to lower inflammation which can contribute to chronic disease
- Aids in stool formation and release and can prevent constipation
- Digestion occurs more slowly so you may feel fuller sooner
- Helps with healthy weight management
- May reduce the risk for certain types of cancers, heart disease, and obesity
- Foods high in fiber are often high in phytochemicals, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals,
and low in fat, cholesterol, and calories
Use these helpful resources to make sure your kids aren’t missing out on fiber!