Fibre is the indigestible part of carbohydrates. There are two types of fibre; soluble and insoluble.
Soluble Fibre - dissolves in water and is digested by the good bacteria in the large intestine. It helps stabilize blood sugar levels, lower cholesterol and decreases the risk of cardiovascular disease
Insoluble Fibre - does not dissolve in water and helps keep you ‘regular’
How much fibre should you be consuming?
Dietary Guidelines suggest that an adequate intake for males 50 years or younger is 38g of fibre per day whilst males over 50 should consume 30g per day. On the other hand females 50 years or younger should aim to consume 25g per day and over 50's; 21 grams per day.
There are many benefits of fibre including:
Helps maintain gut health
Helps control blood sugar levels
Normalises bowel movement ie. keeps you 'regular'
Improves weight management
Increased fullness and satiety
Fibre can be found in a variety of foods including fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, oats, wheat bran, whole-wheat flour, wholegrain foods, beans and peas.
Are you consuming enough fibre?