Why is fibre so important?
Lo-Dough - The High-Fibre Bread Alternative
Do you know why fibre is so good for your health?
Dietary fibre can be found mainly in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and Lo-Dough.
It is best known for its ability to prevent or relieve constipation. But fibre can provide other health benefits, such as helping to maintain a healthy weight and lowering your risk of diabetes, heart disease and some types of cancer.
What is dietary fibre?
Dietary fibre, also known as bulk, includes the parts of plant foods your body can't digest or absorb. Unlike other foods, such as fats, proteins or carbohydrates, fibre isn't digested by your body. Instead, it passes through your stomach, small intestine and colon and out of your body.
Fibre is commonly classified as soluble, which dissolves in water, or insoluble, which doesn't dissolve.
- Soluble fibre. This dissolves in water to form a gel-like material. It can help lower blood cholesterol and glucose levels. Soluble fibre can be found in oats, peas, beans, apples, citrus fruits, carrots, barley and psyllium.
- Insoluble fibre. This promotes the movement of material through your digestive system and increases stool bulk, so it can be of benefit to those who struggle with constipation. Insoluble fibre can be found in whole-wheat flour, wheat bran, nuts, beans and vegetables, such as cauliflower, green beans and potatoes.
The amount of soluble and insoluble fibre varies in different plant foods.
Benefits of a high-fibre diet
A high-fibre diet:
- Normalizes bowel movements
- Helps maintain bowel health
- Lowers cholesterol levels
- Helps control blood sugar levels
- Aids in achieving a healthy weight
- Helps you live longer
Your best fibre choices
If you are not getting enough fibre each day, you may need to boost your intake. Good choices include:
- Beans, peas and other legumes
- Nuts and seeds
Refined or processed foods such as canned fruits and vegetables, pulp-free juices, white bread, pasta and non-whole-grain cereals are all lower in fibre.
Tips for fitting in more fibre
- Jump-start your day - Delicious breakfast pancakes
- Switch to whole grains
- Bulk up baked goods - Mouth watering raspberry and nutella mug cake
- Eat more fruit and vegetables
Also, drink plenty of water, Fibre works best when it absorbs water!