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What is fiber?

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Fiber is the general name for certain carbohydrates -- usually parts of vegetables, plants, and grains -- that the body can't fully digest. While fiber isn't broken down and absorbed like nutrients, it still plays a key role in good health.

From: Fiber WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: American Dietetic Association web site: "Possible Side-effects of High Fiber Diets," "Nutrition Fact Sheet: Fiber." American Heart Association web site: "Fiber: AHA Recommendation." Harvard School of Public Health web site: "Fiber." Institute of Medicine web site: "Dietary Reference Intakes: Macronutrients." Linus Pauling Institute Micronutrient Information Center web site: "Fiber." Longe, J., ed. , second edition, 2004. University of California San Francisco Medical center: "Fiber."






The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 1, 2018

SOURCES: American Dietetic Association web site: "Possible Side-effects of High Fiber Diets," "Nutrition Fact Sheet: Fiber." American Heart Association web site: "Fiber: AHA Recommendation." Harvard School of Public Health web site: "Fiber." Institute of Medicine web site: "Dietary Reference Intakes: Macronutrients." Linus Pauling Institute Micronutrient Information Center web site: "Fiber." Longe, J., ed. , second edition, 2004. University of California San Francisco Medical center: "Fiber."






The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 1, 2018

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