The How and Why of Fiber

Fiber can be broken down into two categories; soluble and insoluble. Both types are usually present in most plant-based foods, with one typically more prevalent than the other.

For example, soluble fiber forms a gel-like substance once it dissolves in water and is plentiful in foods like oats, legumes, flax seeds, barley, apples, oranges and carrots. Its primary function is to bind with fatty acids and help simple sugars to be absorbed more slowly.

Meanwhile, insoluble fiber does not dissolve in water and can be found in bulkier foods, including dark leafy greens, the skin of fruit and root veggies, nuts, seeds, green beans, and whole grains like wheat. It has more of a “Roto-Rooter” effect as it promotes regular bowel movement, gets toxins through the colon quickly, and helps to maintain an optimal pH level in the intestines so various microbes can’t produce cancerous substances.

However, there’s no need to stress out about how much of each type of fiber you’re getting. Just eat a fair amount of the supercharged plant-based foods that we talk about here and you’ll be more than set.

One other interesting aside: Animal products contain ZERO fiber. This means that the natural mechanism that assists food in getting through your system does not exist in these foods…which means that many of the toxins inherent to meat, fish, milk, eggs and cheese tend to stick around your digestive tract and cause problems.

More food for thought…

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About Bobby Rock

Bobby Rock is a world renown drummer, the author of seven books, and a recognized health and fitness specialist with certifications in exercise, nutrition and meditation. He has recorded and toured with a variety of artists, released three CDs as a solo performer and is recognized as a top drumming educator. (He is currently touring with rock icon, Lita Ford.) Through speaking, writing and activism, Bobby remains committed to a number of animal and environmental causes. Bobby lives in Los Angeles.
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