Insoluble vs. soluble fiber

Alternative names
Soluble vs. insoluble fiber; Fiber - soluble vs. insoluble

Information

There are two different types of fiber - soluble and insoluble. Both are important for health, digestion, and preventing diseases.

     
  • Soluble fiber slows digestion and helps your body absorb vital nutrients from foods. It can be found in peas, beans, and apples.  
  • Insoluble fiber adds bulk to the stool, helping foods pass more quickly through the stomach and intestines. It can be found in wheat bran.

 

Johns Hopkins patient information

Last revised: December 6, 2012
by Simon D. Mitin, M.D.

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