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Edible Fibre

Also Known As : Dietary fibre


Common names and forms

  1. Dietary Fiber


Edible fiber is a type of carbohydrate that cannot be digested in the small intestine and so reaches the large intestine or colon. It is naturally present in edible plant foods such as cereals, dried peas, nuts, lentils, fruits, vegetables, and grains. It is grouped by its physical properties and has two different types that include soluble(dissolves in water) and insoluble(doesn't dissolves in water). Psyllium husk, oat, oat bran, and flaxseed are rich in both types of fibers. Fiber plays an important role to keep the digestive system healthy. If the body lacks fiber, it can be consumed through supplements. Fiber can be extracted through natural sources and added to supplements or fortified foods and drinks to boost their fiber content.

Health benefits

  • Edible fiber in soluble form can reduce cholesterol levels and protect against heart diseases. (1)
  • It can promote regular bowel movements and prevents constipation, also reducing the risk of developing colitis and hemorrhoids. (1)
  • It is beneficial for diabetics as it can help to slow the absorption of sugar, preventing sugar spikes after meals. (1)
  • It provides a feeling of fullness without adding calories, promoting weight loss. (1)

Selection Guide

Fiber supplement are available in the market and can be consumed under doctor's recommendations. Check for their expiry date before purchasing.


Excessive fiber intake can cause gas, bloating, and diarrhea. (2)

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