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Dietary Fiber

Utsav Agrawal
Utsav Agrawal
Dietary fiber falls under the category of carbohydrates. Specifically, it is the portion of carbohydrate that cannot be completely broken down by digestive enzymes

There are two categories of dietary fiber. Soluble fiber and insoluble fiber. Particular foods contain fiber with some foods containing more of a specific type of fiber, either soluble or insoluble. While not completely broken down by digestive enzymes, soluble fiber can be fermented by the colon and adds bulk to your stool. Insoluble fiber is mostly resistant to digestion and adds a significant amount to your stool.

With a myriad of health benefits such as increased satiety, improvements in blood lipids and dietary cholesterol, dietary fiber should be something to consume daily!

In terms of the amount of fiber to consume, it's complicated to say. Everyone has a different GUT diversity and various enzymes in which to break down particular foods. YES, you can 150% consume TOO much fiber, which can lead to bloating, constipation, GI distress, and malabsorption of some vitamin/minerals. Mostly trial and error work best, eat a variety of fiber-rich foods and see what you can tolerate, monitor your stool, whether or not you feel bloated, etc. I recommend this method, for every 1000 calories consumed, aim to consume 10-15g of dietary fiber. For perspective, an average-sized pear has about 6g of fiber. Happy pooping

And don't stress out in case you are unable to get vegetables and fruits in this unprecedented situation. You can consider taking a fiber supplement like Isabgol

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