Soluble fibre is a group of different compounds in plants that dissolve in water and that humans can’t digest.
However, the beneficial bacteria that live in your intestines can digest soluble fibre.
In fact, they require it for their own nutrition.
Research shows that these good bacteria, also called probiotics, reduce LDL and cholesterol.
What’s more, soluble fibre’s benefits extent to reducing the risk of disease.
A large review of several studies found high fibre intakes of both soluble and insoluble fibre reduced the risk of death over 17 years by nearly 15 percent.
Another study of over 350,000 adults found those eating the most fibre from grains and cereals lived longer, and they were 15 to 20 percent less likely to die during the 14-year study.
Some of the best sources of soluble fibre include beans, peas and lentils, fruit, oats and whole grains.