Fibre is a category of complex carbohydrates found in plants which cannot be digested by humans. You can find fibre in all plant foods such as fruits, vegetables and grains but you will not find any fibre in animals or animal products such a meat, fish, poultry, milk and eggs.
Fibre can be dived into two kinds:
Helping your gut work properly
Speeding the passage of food to the bowl
Reducing bad LDL cholesterol levels
Fibre also helps control blood glucose levels.
Soluble and insoluble fibre are both beneficial to us as soluble fibre helps to reduce glucose and cholesterol absorption while insoluble fibre helps speed up the time it takes food to pass through the digestive tract.
You should aim for an intake of 24grams of fibre per day, the average person is only getting around 16 grams per day here are some ways that can help you get more fibre in your diet.
- Aim for 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day
- Swap white bread for wholemeal, rye or oatmeal
- Start the day with a bowl of cereal which is whole grain
Here is a list of high fibre foods :
- Bran Cereals
- Bread (wholemeal, rye, oatmeal)
- Dried Figs