What Role Does Fiber Play in Our Diets?

Two Large Families of Fiber

Dietary fiber is one of the most popular and well-known elements of nutrition. For scientists, the situation is complex: how can we establish a definition and description for something so diverse whose effects on health are still being discovered? Nowadays, we recognize that it is in fact a variety of different materials with a range of health properties. Fiber, which is useful for regulating bowel movement, actually falls into two categories with differing effects: soluble and insoluble fiber.  Are we eating less fiber than before? Is vegetable fiber better for your health? Are vegetables rich in fiber?  What is satiety? What are prebiotics?

This monograph answers all these questions and more. It was published by the Louis Bonduelle Foundation. You can also find more information in the Vegetables and Nutrients section.