Fibre

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Dietary fibre comes from the thick cell wall of plants and is an indigestible complex carbohydrate. Fibre is used to treat various conditions ranging from constipation and diarrhoea to diabetes and high cholesterol. Fibre is divided into two general categories: water soluble and water insoluble. Whole grains are particularly high in insoluble fibre. Oats, barley, beans, fruit (but not fruit juice), psyllium, and some vegetables contain significant amounts of both forms of fibre and are the best sources of soluble fibre.

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