What is Fibre?

Why do you need fibre?

Where do you get fibre?

Your digestive system needs to be kept healthy at all times. Fibre is found in food obtained from plants. It is essential for keeping a healthy digestive system.

Fibre is grouped into two main types called soluble fibre and insoluble fibre.

Soluble fibre can be dissolved in liquid and digestive system. It aids the prevention of constipation and helps to regulate cholesterol.

Food which contain soluble fibre include fruits such as apples and bananas and vegetables or leguminous foods like peas and carrots.

The digestive system cannot break down insoluble fibre therefore its main role is to help the movement of food down the digestive system faster by providing that bulk.

Insoluble fibre will help your body to maintain a healthy bowel while facilitating the movement of food in the gut. This type of fibre can be found in most cereals, plant seeds, nuts and brown rice.

 You are advised to have a healthy balanced diet in order to get enough fibre.  Study shows that you should aim to eat at least 30g of fibre every day in order to lower the risk coronary heart disease, diabetes and bowel cancer.

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