To Timbo, TT et al.- I’m back! I’ve been having real problems with logging on since the new forum came up, so I haven’t been able to post.)
Anyway…Most of the good stuff’s already been said. Just wanted to expand on Timbo’s point. I too have number of ref’s I could cite showing the fiber/fat reduced absorption effect. Shoot, this is exactly what the whole diet industry “wonder products” of the 1980’s was based on. It’s easy- just sell a load of insoluble fiber (make it into a drink or somesuch), and then you eat your fat, and it passes through the system with the fiber!
Having said that, insoluble fiber id indeed very important as a cleanser of the system, a bulk agent (to increase satiety) and also (dependant on the source) can supply some vitamins/minerals. There have been numerous studies on the health benefits in regard to reduced intestinal cancer, with the consumption of insoluble fiber.
To IRonliftr3- No, as TT says, INsoluble fiber is TOTALLY non-absorbed- this is what gives it it’s attributes.
An easy solution, as already mentioned, is to separate the EFA’s and fiber intake. Jeez, the cost of EFA’s mean you can’t be taking unnecessary risks in regard to absorption. I myself don’t use any Metamucil or similar diet aids, preferring instead to take in a large amount of greens, which provide me with an adequate amount of both insoluble and soluble fiber, whilst low in carbs. The EFA binding here will in my opinion be minimal.