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What is dietary fiber?

Fiber is the tough, structural tissue of plants. People cannot digest most of the fiber that is in food. Dietary fiber is important because it helps move other foods through the digestive system more quickly. This helps the body eliminate wastes. A diet that has plenty of fiber is known as a "bulky diet." A bulky diet has no more calories than a less bulky diet but the latter has a larger volume of food. This larger volume makes you full and may help curb your appetite. This can be a great aid in weight control. A diet high in fiber has been shown to reduce cholesterol levels and the risk of heart disease and certain cancers, including colon cancer.