As the food continues through into the small intestine, it takes on water and soluble fibre becomes like a gel. Special enzymes breakdown sugars and fats into smaller molecules, which then become trapped in the gel. This slows down absorption into the bloodstream. This slower release of sugar (glucose) helps to regulates blood sugar level. The gel can also trap cholesterol so less is re-absorbed into the blood. The remaining cholesterol is then carried into the large intestine to be eliminated as waste. This is one of the ways fibre can help with our heart health.