Soluble and Insoluble Fibers

Soluble and Insoluble Fibers

On average, most people in Canada (1 in 2) and the United Stated (90%) do not get enough dietary fiber necessary to be beneficial. Dietary fibre comes from the parts of plants that our bodies cannot digest, instead they pass through our digestive system without being broken down.

There are two main types of fibre: soluble and insoluble. Both of these fibres have their own benefits and are important to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Soluble fibers are easily dissolved in water and turn into a gel-like substance. The gel forms a thick lining in your digestive system, specifically in the small intestine that surrounds the bile acids. This lining helps slow your digestion resulting in you feeling fuller longer, reduces blood cholesterol levels and helps to moderate your blood sugar levels.

Like the name suggests, insoluble fibers cannot be dissolved in water; instead, they absorb water. These fibers are not easily digestible and remain intact as they move through your gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Insoluble fibers promote the movement of food through your digestive system, improving your gut health and regularity.

Where can you get each type of fiber?

The amount of fibre in food varies. To get the greatest health benefit you should try to eat a wide variety of high fibre foods.

Fibre can be found in fruits, legumes, nuts and seeds, vegetables, and whole grains such as barley, cereals, pasta, and oats. Most of these categories have foods that contain both soluble and insoluble fibre. A breakdown of each category can be seen below.

Foods high in soluble fibre include:

  • Whole Grains: barley (NutraStat’s active ingredient), oats, and psyllium
  • Vegetables: sweet potatoes, broccoli, turnips, Brussel sprouts, carrots
  • Fruits: apples, blueberries, avocados, pears, figs, nectarines, apricots, guavas, citrus fruit
  • Legumes: kidney beans, black beans, lima beans, soybeans, lentils, peas
  • Nuts and Seeds: flax seeds, sunflower seeds, hazelnuts

Foods high in insoluble fibre include:

  • Whole Grains: whole-wheat flour, wheat bran, brown rice, couscous, quinoa
  • Vegetables: cauliflower, green beans, potatoes, celery, cucumbers, corn, spinach, kale
  • Fruits: strawberries, grapes, kiwi, raspberries, pineapple, rhubarb
  • Legumes: lentils, chickpeas,
  • Nuts and Seeds: peanuts, almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, sesame seeds

NutraStat as a Fiber Supplement

Since most people are only getting about half the recommended amount of fiber per day, the best way to ensure you are getting enough fiber is to use a fiber supplement like NutraStat. Our fiber has been carefully designed to be the most natural and effective fiber supplement on the market. We only use 100% non-GMO Canadian barley to extract our beta-glucan fiber, which is a natural fiber occuring in the barley grain.

One serving of Nutrastat (3 tablespoons) contains 18% of your recommended daily intake of fiber. It is made completely from barley and is extracted without the use of any chemicals, enzymes, or solvents. We wanted to keep it 100% natural so it can best help support your digestive system, better maintain blood sugar levels, and naturally maintain healthy cholesterol levels.

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