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What are soluble fibers?

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Soluble fibers slow digestion, so it takes longer for your body to absorb sugar (glucose) from the foods you eat. This helps prevent quick spikes in your blood sugar levels -- an important part of managing diabetes. Soluble fibers also bind with fatty acids, flushing them out of the body and helping to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol.

SOURCES:

"Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010," U.S. Health and Human Services.

Slavin, J. , 2008. Journal of the American Dietetic Association

Slavin, J. , January 2009. Journal of International Medical Research

Higbee, J. , 2004. Nutrition and Metabolism

WebMD Feature: “Fiber Today’s ‘It’ Ingredient.”

USFDA: “Nutrition Labeling Guidelines.”

Institute of Medicine. , National Academies Press, 2005. Dietary Reference Intakes for Energy, Carbohydrate, Fiber, Fat, Fatty Acids, Cholesterol, Protein, and Amino Acids

Linus Pauling Institute Micronutrient Information Center.

MedicineNet: “Fiber.”

International Food Information Council (IFIC): “Fiber Fact Sheet."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 1, 2018

SOURCES:

"Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010," U.S. Health and Human Services.

Slavin, J. , 2008. Journal of the American Dietetic Association

Slavin, J. , January 2009. Journal of International Medical Research

Higbee, J. , 2004. Nutrition and Metabolism

WebMD Feature: “Fiber Today’s ‘It’ Ingredient.”

USFDA: “Nutrition Labeling Guidelines.”

Institute of Medicine. , National Academies Press, 2005. Dietary Reference Intakes for Energy, Carbohydrate, Fiber, Fat, Fatty Acids, Cholesterol, Protein, and Amino Acids

Linus Pauling Institute Micronutrient Information Center.

MedicineNet: “Fiber.”

International Food Information Council (IFIC): “Fiber Fact Sheet."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 1, 2018

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