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Why is fibre important in your diet?

Fibre makes up the mostly indigestible parts of plant foods such as vegetables, fruits, grains, beans and legumes.

Why is fibre important?

Fibre makes up the mostly indigestible parts of plant foods such as vegetables, fruits, grains, beans and legumes. Even though our own bodies are unable to digest and make use of fibre, it is important for our gut health. There are two main types of fibre, and they all play important and different roles in health. 

Soluble Fibre

Soluble fibre is what makes us feel full! This is because it forms a gel which slows down the emptying of the stomach, extending the time we feel full. This can be beneficial if you are keeping trying to lower your daily energy intake. Soluble fibre is found in fruits, vegetables, oats, barley and legumes.

Insoluble fibre

Insoluble fibre helps us go to the toilet. Insoluble fibre mostly passes straight through the digestive system dragging along water to help soften the contents of our poo! Similarly to soluble fibre it also helps keep us full for longer. Insoluble fibre can be found in wholegrain foods, nuts, seeds and the skin of fruit and vegetables. 

Increasing fibre intake

Here are some quick and easy solutions to increasing your daily fibre intake:

  • Eat breakfast cereals that contain barley, wheat or oats. A favourite of mine is oats with a dash of honey and cinnamon!
  • Switch to wholemeal/multigrain breads
  • Switch to brown rice
  • Snack on fruit, nuts or wholemeal crackers

Source: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/fibre-in-food

https://nutritionaustralia.org/fact-sheets/fibre/

 

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