The importance of Fibre



We all hear about how important a high fibre diet is, but what is fibre exactly, and why do we need it?

Fibre contains indigestible plant material such as cellulose, and is found in fruit, vegetables, grains and beans. It provides the bulk to foods, helps foods pass easily along the gut and absorbs water.

Main functions of fibre

Insoluble fibre

  • doesn’t dissolve in water
  • passes through the gut uinchanged
  • sapeeds the passage of food
  • reduces risk of colon cancer
  • carries excess fat with it which helps you excrete more calories, thus aiding weight loss

Soluble fibre

  • dissolves in water
  • lowers blood cholesterol

Benefits

  • high fibre food stays in the stomach longer, preventing you from feeling hungry for longer
  • helps slow down the absorption of sugar in the blood – which will in turn help prevent heart disease and aid weight loss
  • helps lower blood cholesterol
  • regulates blood sugar levels

Good sources of dietary fibre

  • Wholemeal, granary and softgrain varieties of bread
  • Jacket potatoes, new potatoes in their skins and baked potato skins
  • Wholegrain breakfast cereals, eg. Weetabix, branflakes, unsweetened muesli, Shreddies and porridge oats
  • Wholemeal pasta and brown rice
  • Beans, lentils and peas
  • Fresh and dried fruits – particularly if the skins are eaten
  • Vegetables – particularly if the skins are eaten
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Wholemeal flour

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