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Because fibre has no "nutrients" (calories, vitamins or minerals) in it for the body to absorb and benefit from.

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Q: Why isn't dietary fiber a nutrient?
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Fiber is what type of nutrient?

Fiber is classified as a "non-essential substance" thus far, as most dietary fiber is not absorbed by the digestive tract. It is not classifed under any nutrient. It does however, aid in absorbing and digesting other substances.Debates are ongoing as to whether or not fiber should be classified as a nutrient in and of itself. Perhaps one day, it will be, but it is unlikely.

What is total fiber?

Total fiber is the sum of dietary fiber and functional fiber. Dietary fiber is found in plant products. It is the naturally occurring nutrient found in grains, fruits, vegetables, beans, peas and nuts. It is all parts of plant food that we can't digest or absorb in the small intestine. Because it passes through our body without being absorbed, it does not have calories

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Dietary fiber can play a role in preventing diseases of the colon. Dietary fiber is a type of carbohydrate.

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Do proteins form dietary fiber?

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How many grams of fiber are in a strawberry?

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McDonald's caramel frappe has no dietary fiber.

What is the ultimate fate of dietary fiber?

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