Fiber Research

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Fiber Research
Melanie L. Moran
February 10, 2011

Fiber is a nutrient that is found in whole grains, such as wheat, rice, oats, and rye. Fiber is also found in fruits like apples, bananas, and oranges. It is found in some vegetables, such as carrots, peppers, rhubarb, and avocados. One can also get fiber from peas, beans, and legumes. Fiber helps to maintain proper bowel function, and it helps to prevent some cancers, for examples fiber helps to protect against breast cancer, and colon cancer. Fiber lowers cholesterol, stabilizes blood sugar, and helps to prevent obesity by making a person feel like they are full longer and as a result, eat less. There are two kinds of fibers; soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber dissolves in water to form a gel – like substance that swells. Soluble fiber helps to keep blood glucose levels where they should be and lowers ones cholesterol. Examples of soluble fibers are oats, beans, peas, apples, and berries. The other type of fiber is insoluble fiber; this type of fiber does not dissolve. Insoluble fibers increase the movement of material through ones digestive tract. Examples of insoluble fiber are whole wheat breads, wheat cereals, cabbage, beets, carrots, Brussels sprouts, and apple skins. It is important that an adult who consumes a diet that consists of two thousand calories daily should eat six to eight servings of grains each day and a total of twenty five grams of fiber daily. It is recommended that children follow the rule for ages five plus. An example would be a seven year old should be eating thirteen grams of fiber daily. When looking for information on the amount of fiber an adult should be consuming daily one can easily find it on the internet.

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