Definitions for "Dietary Fiber"
Nonstarch polysaccharide and lignin that are not digested by enzymes in the small intestine. Dietary fiber typically refers to nondigestible carbohydrates from plant foods.
Category: Food element The term dietary fiber encompasses all plant compounds that cannot be ingested in our human gut. There are 2 main groups of dietary fiber (insoluble and soluble fiber), and both groups of fiber are needed for good health. The presence of fiber in the diet helps slow down the rise in blood glucose levels which occur after a meal. Soluble fibers have been shown to reduce cholesterol levels by increasingthe excretion of cholesterol in the faeces. High fiber diets have shown benefit in certain diseases (eg. cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, obesity and gastrointestinal disorders).
is a zero-calorie substance that cannot be digested by the human body, found only in plants. Sources include fruits, vegetables, legumes (dried peas and beans), whole grains, nuts, and seeds. The recommended daily fiber intake is 20-30 grams to help keep the intestines healthy.