Fiber is an important component of a healthy balanced diet. Fiber is also known as roughage. It is the indigestible part of plant foods that pushes through our digestive system, absorbing water along the way and easing bowel movements. Fiber is not a nutrient and contains no calories or vitamins but necessary for a healthy and efficient digestive system.
How much insoluble and soluble fiber should I eat?
Insoluble vs. soluble fiber should be 75% to 25%, or 3 parts insoluble to every 1 part soluble. Most high-fiber containing foods usually have both types, present in it. In other words, your focus should be on fiber intake in general, rather than what type of fiber. If you consume 25g of fiber each day you should meet your daily requirements. Ideally, you should consume 5 servings of fruit and vegetables, as well as some servings of whole grain products, each day.
Sources of Soluble Fibres: Oats, barley and citrus fruits like oranges.
Sources of Insoluble Fibres: Fruits and vegetables like apples, cabbage, cucumber with skin, grapes, peas and corn kernels.