Introduction. Fiber is an important nutrient that’s often overlooked. Put simply, fiber refers to carbohydrates that cannot be digested by human digestive system/stomach. It is classified as either
- Soluble (Can dissolves in water).
- Insoluble (Cannot dissolves in water).
Insoluble fibers function mostly as bulking agents, adding content to your stool. In contrast, certain types of soluble fiber can significantly affect health, metabolism and as well as human weight.
Aim of Article. The aim of this article is to provide awareness to the readers about how soluble fiber may facilitate weight loss.
It is said that Fiber Feeds Your Friendly Bacteria. An estimated 100 trillion bacteria live in human stomach, primarily in the large intestine. Along with other microbes found in your digestive system, these bacteria are often called the gut flora or gut microbiome.
Different species of bacteria play important roles in various aspects of
health, including weight management, blood sugar control, immunity and even brain function. Just like other organisms, bacteria need to eat well to stay healthy.
This is where fiber soluble, for the most part steps in. Soluble fiber passes through men digestive system mostly unchanged, eventually reaching friendly intestinal bacteria that digest it and turn it into usable energy.
The fiber that benefits your stomach bacteria is known as Prebiotic Fiber
or Fermentable Fiber. It is considered very beneficial for health and body weight. Certain insoluble fibers, such as resistant starch, also function as Prebiotics.
Fiber does not get digested and tends to reach your large intestine relatively unchanged. There, certain soluble fibers help feed the friendly intestinal bacteria that are essential for good health.