What is fiber?

Fiber is the edible parts of plants that cannot be digested or absorbed. It travels through your stomach, small intestine and large intestines, and out of your body.

Types of Fiber
  • Soluble fiber
  • Insoluble fiber

Soluble Fiber

What is soluble fiber?

Soluble fiber dissolves in water. It can help lower glucose levels and cholesterol. It traps sugar, cholesterol, and fat in the small intestines so it will not be absorbed quickly.

Soluble fiber is like a sponge, it absorbs water to help poop move smoothly.

What foods have soluble fiber?
  • Blueberries
  • Lentils
  • Oatmeal
  • Apples
  • Beans
  • Nuts

Insoluble Fiber

What is insoluble fiber?

Insoluble fiber does not dissolve in water. It can help food move through your digestive system. It is like a scrub to push food through.

What foods have insoluble fiber?
  • Wheat bread
  • Brown rice
  • Carrots
  • Beans
  1. How to add more fiber to your diet. Mayo Clinic. December 1, 2020.
  2. Fiber. Harvard School of Public Health. Accessed December 1, 2020.