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What is insoluble fiber?

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Insoluble fiber adds bulk to stools. It helps treat constipation and diverticular disease and may benefit people with some types of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). Some studies seem to show that insoluble fiber can reduce the risk of colon cancer. However, larger and more recent studies have shown no benefit.

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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