Sunday, August 21, 2022

I Learned This Over Lunch Today

 It explains part of how I have lost 20 pounds these last two years and made my doctor give me the thumbs up on my cholesterol numbers.

Soluble fiber is also called viscous fiber because it absorbs water to form a thick, gelatinous substance. This thick mass of fiber can interfere with the absorption of dietary fat and cholesterol, according to the Institute of Medicine. It accomplishes the task by binding with fats and cholesterol and carrying them through the digestive tract. As a result, fats are eliminated in your stool rather than absorbed into your bloodstream, reports the University of Illinois at Chicago....

The recommended intake for fiber, which includes the combined total of soluble and insoluble fiber, is 25 grams daily for women and 38 grams for men. About one-fourth of the total, or 6 to 8 grams, should come from soluble fiber, suggests the University of California San Francisco Medical Center. Adding 5 to 10 grams of soluble fiber to your diet may lower cholesterol by 3 to 5 percent, according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. If your cholesterol is high, the NHLBI recommends consuming 10 to 25 grams of soluble fiber daily. 

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