TYPES OF FIBER: SOLUBLE VS. INSOLUBLE

Types of Fibre

THE KIND YOU CHOOSE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

  • Soluble viscous fiber dissolves in water and forms a gel-like material in the digestive tract that helps lower cholesterol and maintain healthy blood sugar levels as part of your diet. Sources include oats, barley, fruits, legumes (beans and peas), and psyllium.

  • Insoluble fiber does not dissolve in water. Insoluble fiber can add bulk to the stool. Sources include wheat bran, whole grain cereals and breads, and many vegetables.

Most plant-based foods contain both types in varying amounts. For a good health, it’s best to eat a wide variety of high-fiber foods.


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**Survey of 291 adults who self-reported that they felt lighter, more energetic, more active, and more comfortable after completing the Metamucil Two Week Challenge.

†Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol that include 7 grams of soluble fiber per day from psyllium husk, as in Metamucil, may reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering cholesterol. One serving of Metamucil has 2.4 grams of this soluble fiber. One serving of Metamucil capsules has at least 1.8 grams of this soluble fiber.

‡Among recommendations in a QuintilesIMS ProVoice survey 2017 (OTC therapeutic fiber category).

¥P&G calculation based in part on data reported by Nielsen through its ScanTrack Service for the Digestive Health category for the 52-week period ending 01/13/2018, for the total U.S. market, xAOC, according to the P&G custom product hierarchy. Copyright © 2018, The Nielsen Company.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease