fiber - Fiber is a non-digestible carbohydrate that cannot...

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Fiber is a non-digestible carbohydrate that cannot be absorbed in the small intestine and enters the large intestine unchanged (Grosvenor & Smolin, 2006). Fiber is classified as soluble (also known as dietary fiber) and insoluble. Soluble fiber (dietary fiber) dissolves in water and forms gelatinous solutions. Soluble fiber can be digested by bacteria in the large intestine producing gas and short chain fatty acids which can be absorbed into the body. Insoluble fiber does not dissolve in water and passes through the gastrointestinal tract unchanged (Grosvenor & Smolin, 2006). Fiber provides our body with energy through fatty acids it also makes one feel full. Fiber also lowers cholesterol reducing the risk of heart disease (Van Horn, 1997). Whole grain is the best source of fiber some whole grain foods are oatmeal, brown rice, wheat, rye, and barley (Van Horn, 1997). Refined grains are processed (ground into flour or meal) removing a great deal of the B-vitamins, iron, and dietary fiber (Whole Grains and Fiber, 2010). Some
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