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Unformatted text preview: 30/30 Fiber Research Checkpoint The function of fiber in the body is to regulate digestion, to help keep the digestive system healthy and to lower cholesterol. Some examples of food sources of dietary fiber are the following: fruits, vegetables, among other leafy vegetables whole-grain, beans, legumes, pasta, and some yogurts now contain fiber to for example Activia yogurt. The difference between soluble and insoluble fiber is that soluble fiber soluble fiber has been associated with increased diet quality and decreased risk of cardiovascular disease and insoluble fiber has been associated with decreased cardiovascular risk and slower progression of cardiovascular disease in high-risk individuals. Dietary fiber may promote satiety by slowing gastric emptying, leading to an overall decrease in calorie intake (AHA, 2009). Soluble fiber is "soluble" in water. Soluble fibers modestly reduce LDL cholesterol beyond levels achieved by a diet low in saturated and Trans fatty acids and cholesterol alone...
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- Spring '09