Dietary Fibers are the indigestible portions of plants and are usually divided according to whether they are water-soluble or not (Soluble Fiber and Insoluble Fiber). Insoluble Fibers are metabolically inert, absorbing water throughout the digestive system.
Insoluble Fibers can offer many important functional properties. Including a small percentage of insoluble fiber in dry crackers or snacks can reduce breakage, or including fibers in a sausage formulation can increase the moisture content as well as improving the taste and texture of the final product. Current recommendations from the United States National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine, suggest that adults should consume 20-35 grams of dietary fiber per day. Unfortunately the current average daily intake is only 12-18 grams. The Ingredient House offers a wide range of insoluble fibers including Oat Fiber, Soy Fiber, Wheat Fiber and Cellulose Fiber.