DIETARY FIBER – these are compounds produced from the walls of plant cells. It is indigestible and is not absorbed by the human body. Substances belonging to the group of fibers can be polysaccharides (such as cellulose, hemicellulose, pectin, gum, mucus), or e.g. lignin. Cellulose, found in vegetables and fruits, and lignin, found in cereals, are examples of insoluble dietary fibers. Hemicelluloses, found in cereal grains and bran, are examples of partially soluble dietary fibres. Pectins found in fruits are examples of soluble dietary fibers.
Dietary fiber helps in maintaining weight. It suppresses excessive appetite by filling the stomach. It lowers triglyceride levels as well as blood sugar. Fiber also helps maintain the intestinal bacterial flora. It is a breeding ground for probiotic bacteria.
Dosage: 20-30 g per day