Fiber is not necessarily fibrous
December 29, 2022
In nutrition science, the word fiber refers to the type of carbohydrate that the body can’t digest. This definition of fiber is so different from the kind of fiber found in many plants that they might as well be completely different words.
Coconut coir fibers are obtained from the outermost layer of the husk. They are typically light brown in color, durable, and resistant to water.
Indeed, these are a kind of fiber that your body cannot digest. You cannot digest banana peals either. In nutrition science, the word fiber refers to eatible, appetizing carbohydrates that the body can’t digest. Some of the highest fiber foods are not fibrous:
|food source||grams of fiber|
|1 cup cooked lentils||15|
|raw avocado flesh from a medium avocado||10|
|1 cup cooked rolled oats||4|
|1 tablespoon chia seeds||5|
So whenever you hear the word fiber in a nutrition context, picture slimy gel instead of coconut coir.