Food Tips – Fibre

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When we’re told to ‘eat more fibre’, this means eating dietary fibre found in fruits and vegetables, as well as bran cereals and grainy breads. The fibre comes from parts of the food which can’t be digested. It then moves through our stomach and intestines pretty much without changing. The reason why we have to eat it is to keep our digestive system healthy.

Increasing the amount of fibre in your diet, is a good way to improve your diet. In our fast food society, we typically don’t eat enough of it. Most ‘quick’ foods are highly processed which takes out the fibre we need to keep healthy.

Grainy breads, bran cereals, fruits, vegetables are the foods to eat more of. Why should we eat these foods?

(1) For long term health

Helps prevent bowel cancer and gallstones, amongst other bowel disorders that are common later in life. Encourages good bacteria which help prevent tumours forming

(2) Keeps us regular

(3) Reduce cholesterol

Foods such as, oats, barley, lentils help remove cholesterol from our body

(4) Slow absorption

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Slower absorption means that the amount of insulin needed is much less which is good for those with diabetes and helps prevent diabetes

(5) Reduce fat (YAY!)

This is because high fibre foods are typically low in fat

(6) Weight loss

You feel fuller and get more nutrients, and so you don’t feel the need to snack.

Look for foods that are low GI, high in fibre (oatmeal biscuits, basmati or brown rice, bran cereals and bran muffins, unroasted nuts, dried fruits, fruits and vegetables); add oatbran or psyllium to recipes.