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Unformatted text preview: Fiber's main function in the body is to regulate digestion. Good food sources for fiber can be found in bread, pasta, flax seed, and most yogurts now have a fiber additive. The recommended fiber intake is 20 - 35 grams per day for adults, or 10 - 13 grams for every 1,000 calories in the diet. This recommended amount should come from a combination of soluble and insoluble fiber, since each type provides different benefits. While it's not necessary to track, a 3:1 ratio of insoluble to soluble fiber is typical. Although neither type is absorbed by the body, they have different properties when mixed with water, hence the designation between the two. However, due to overlap in function between the two types and disparities in measurements of each depending on the method used, the National Academy of Sciences has recommended that these terms "gradually be eliminated and replaced by specific beneficial physiological effects of a fiber". Thus you may hear less about "soluble vs. insoluble fiber" in the physiological effects of a fiber"....
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- Spring '10
- Dietary Fiber, blood glucose, National Academy of Sciences, Soluble fiber, insoluble fiber, American Heart Assoc.