Let's Talk About Fiber

Let's Talk About Fiber

By Nicole Ely,
Senior Nutritionist / Nutritional Project Manager

From where do we get fiber? Fiber comes from a variety of natural sources such as whole grain foods, vegetables, fruits and legumes. Fibers fall into 2 categories, soluble fibers and insoluble fibers, and both are very important for health. Many of the listed foods contain one type of fiber or both.

Soluble fiber contains a sticky, gummy substance that dissolves in water and some examples of food sources containing this fiber are whole grain oats, barley, oatbran, and psyllium husk and seeds. Also, various types of fruit (apples, apricots, pears, prunes, berries, peaches), vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, carrots, brussels sprouts, green peas) and beans contain this water-soluble fiber. Soluble fiber gives you that sense of fullness after eating a meal and may help in reducing cholesterol levels and controlling blood sugar levels.

Insoluble fiber is a coarse material that does not dissolve in water. It provides bulk by holding water in the colon and stimulates the muscles of the digestive tract, which move waste products through the colon for excretion and help with regularity. Insoluble fiber can also reduce the risk of colon related problems. Some examples of food sources of this fiber are the fruit and vegetables listed, wheat bran, whole grains and cereals, nuts, and legumes (beans).

The daily recommended amount of fiber is 25-30 grams, which should be obtained through consumption of these types of foods above and through supplementation with VIVA Fiber Cleanse™ that is helpful for regularity problems. One serving of VIVA FiberCleanse™ provides 3.18 grams of soluble fiber from psyllium husk. This product helps add bulk to your stool for easier elimination.

Overall, fiber is important for maintaining good health and to keep the colon moving smoothly.