Dietary fiber: Why do we need it?



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Dietary fiber: Why do we need it? - Bakersfield

Dietary fiber is the indigestible part of plant foods that moves food and liquids through our body. It is commonly referred to as “roughage” and aides our body to dispose of waste through the aid of our digestive system. Without it, we commonly feel bloated, full or constipated and are unable to dispose of bodily waste efficiently.

Fiber is not digested by gastrointestinal enzymes and, thus, can soak up liquids and move “bolus” pods of food through your intestinal tract and out via bowel movements. Bolus refers to a conglomerate of food waste stuck together in your intestinal tract.

There are two types of fiber: soluble and insoluble fiber. Though fiber is technically classified as a carbohydrate, it does not function or break down like a traditional carb. Both types of fiber have tremendous health benefits: