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Fiber: Soluble, Insoluble and Beyond
Fiber: Soluble, Insoluble and Beyond

Hear the word fiber and you probably think of bran cereal. And you probably have the vague sense that you should be eating more of it. So maybe you've purchased packaged foods--not just cold cereal but also breakfast bars, drink mixes, and yogurt--touting their fiber content. But while there is consensus that fiber offers health benefits and that Americans get only about half of the recommended levels, "all fibers are not created equal," cautions James Anderson, an endocrinologist at the University of Kentucky-Lexington. "Different fibers have different properties." Here's a field guide to fiber sources: Soluble fiber: Foods high in soluble fiber--named for...

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