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Heart-Smart Fiber
There are two main types of fiber: soluble and insoluble. Insoluble fiber is what grandpa used to call roughage. Soluble fiber is a type of fiber that dissolves or swells in the presence of water. Gums, mucilages, and pectins are various kinds of soluble fiber that are derived from material that provides support to plant cells.

Studies show that foods rich in soluble fiber are very helpful in lowering LDL cholesterol levels. In addition, foods that are high in soluble fiber are excellent sources of beta glucans, a substance that interferes with the absorption and production of cholesterol.

Good food sources of soluble fiber are barley, apples, grapefruit, oats, peas, and dried beans.

Date Published: 03/12/2003
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