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Dr. Minocha's Series on Digestive Myths & Healthy Realities....
By Dr. A. Minocha, author of "How To Stop Heartburn: Simple Ways to Heal Heartburn and Acid Reflux" and "Natural Stomach Care: Treating and Preventing Digestive Disorders with Best of Eastern and Western Therapies"
a Myth or a Fact?
"All fibers are the same...."
There are two types of fibers, soluble and non-soluble. Cellulose is a type of insoluble fiber and it increases the bulk of stool. Diet in Asian and African countries is rich in non-soluble fiber. Soluble fibers , some of them synthetic, are viscous, bind water, and have a laxative ability. This occurs by increasing osmotic pressure as well as increasing the stool bulk. In addition, the bacterial breakdown of these carbohydrates produces substances that have laxative action. Metamucil containing psyllium and fiberCon containing calcium polycarbophil are examples of commercially available soluble fibers.
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