Soluble fibre

Soluble fibre is soluble in water. It absorbs water to form a gel-like substance that swells inside the digestive system. It helps to soften stools so they can be passed more easily.

Health benefits

Soluble fibre offers important health benefits:

  • helps to lower blood cholesterol levels, reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) as it attaches to the cholesterol particles and removes them from the body
  • helps to control blood sugar levels as it slows the absorption of sugar from carbohydrates, protecting those with diabetes

Sources of soluble fibre

You can find soluble fibre in a variety of foods:

  • grains – e.g., oat and barley
  • pulses – e.g., beans and lentils
  • fruit – e.g., apples and pears
  • vegetables – e.g., broccoli and cabbage
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