There are two different types of fiber: soluble fiber and insoluble fiber. Most foods contain a mixture of both. Soluble fiber can be digested by your body – insoluble fiber cannot – and it may help reduce the amount of cholesterol in your blood. Current nutrition guidelines recommend getting 20 to 35 grams of fiber a day, with at least 5 to 10 grams coming from soluble fiber.
Soluble fiber can be digested by your body while insoluble fiber cannot, therefore, soluble fiber may help reduce the amount of cholesterol in your blood.
Try to include foods that contain soluble fiber in your diet. Aim to eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables each day. Good sources of soluble fiber include:
- Fruit and vegetables.