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Fibre - What does it do?

NutritionalApril 12

Most people think that all fibre does is help with bowel habits and not much more. Well, they are very wrong, as fibre is one component of your diet that should not be missed. In fact, less than 5% of us get the recommended 25-30 grams of fibre per day! We are literally starving the good bacteria!

Much research suggests that this may be a contributing factor to the obesity epidemic, the rise in heart disease and the high incidence of colon cancer. It is about time for people to truly understand the health benefits of fibre, along with the difference between soluble and insoluble when deciding how to incorporate it into your diet.

Let’s start with what fibre actually does for the body. Fibre plays a significant role in helping to lower cholesterol, keeping blood sugars stable and aiding in weight loss. The interesting part is that fibre is not truly digested by the human body, however, it still proves to be a beneficial part of any diet.

Not all fibre is created equal, as there are soluble and insoluble kinds. While some foods contain both types, they are typically higher in one type over another. Having both sources in the diet are influential on the body’s overall health. Fibre actually moves through the body slowing digestion and attaching to certain particles, then getting rid of them through your bowels. Regardless of the type of fibre one consumes, it is always important to take insufficient water, to keep the bowels moving.

When it comes to rich sources of soluble fibre, these foods tend to absorb water, changing its texture to a mushier consistency. Soluble foods have long been found to aid in heart health, as this fibre attaches itself to cholesterol particles and then rids them from the body. This type of fibre is also beneficial for those with diabetes, as it does not result in sugar spikes, as it is not truly absorbed during the digestive process. Those seeking to achieve weight loss or weight control find that soluble fibre is a helpful addition to the diet, as it swells and creates a sense of fullness without adding the need for additional calories. For those hoping to regulate their bowels, soluble fibres ability to soak up water can play a key role in adding bulk to stool, to prevent constipation and diarrhoea.

When thinking of adding soluble fibre sources to your diet consider some of these healthy options:

  • Oatmeal
  • Beans, lentils and legumes
  • Apples
  • Blueberries
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Barley
  • Carrots

When it comes to insoluble fibre, these are foods that do not absorb the water and do not change texture. Insoluble fibre has been found to play a significant role in bowel regularity and improving how often you go the bathroom. By adding more of this fibre, also not digested by the body, gets your bowels moving helping to prevent constipation and haemorrhoids from developing. When it comes to weight loss and weight management, many people report that the insoluble fibre also plays a role in diminishing hunger as well.

When thinking of adding insoluble fibre sources to your diet consider some of these healthy options:

  • Vegetables
  • Whole wheat bread
  • Beans
  • Brown rice
  • Whole wheat pasta
  • Skin of fruits

It is recommended that an adult consume about 25-35 grams of fibre a day for optimal health. This should come from a diet that contains both soluble and insoluble fibre. It is important to also note that dietary fibre is only found in plant products, so these should be a part of a healthy diet.

For those who are looking for ways to add fibre to their diets, some simple changes can go a long way. You can start by swapping white bread, pasta and rice for wholegrain bread and pastas, along with brown rice. Instead of cutting off the peel of your apple or throwing away the potato skins, eat them - to increase fibre intake. Adding more veggies, fruits, beans, legumes and plant-based foods to the diet will also add to your fibre intake. And the next time you grab a yoghurt, toss in some fruit or higher fibre cereal to make it crunchy, tasty and healthier too. With these small changes, it will be easy to take in more fibre and gain the many health benefits that come along with it.

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  • One serve provides 40% of your recommended daily fibre
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  • Blend of soluble and insoluble plant fibres
  • Insoluble fibre cleans your intestines
  • Soluble fibre makes you feel fuller longer

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Goodness:  Natural fibre, vitamins, minerals and proteins