Thursday, November 5, 2009

The Truth About Fiber

The Truth About Fiber
Of course fiber is good for you. But the kind you're eating-and how much is necessary-may surprise you.
By Maria Masters
Men's Health Link to full article below

You hear the advice constantly: You need fiber. It's crucial to your health. Fine, but how much fiber, and how crucial is it? Maybe you're wondering, What is fiber, exactly?

Let's start with the basics. Fiber is a type of carbohydrate that makes up the structural material in the leaves, stems, and roots of plants. But unlike sugar and starch-the other two kinds of carbs-fiber stays intact until it nears the end of your digestive system. This, it seems, is what makes fiber beneficial, and why you've probably heard you can't eat enough of it. Now read on to separate the facts from the fiction. And for more shocking truths about the food you eat, read this list of the 30 "healthy" foods that aren't.

All fiber is created equal

False: There are two basic types of fiber, with different functions.

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