Fibre is important for digestive health, reduces your risk of developing some diseases and helps your weight control. Fibre comes in 2 forms:
INSOLUBLE FIBRE (also known as roughage) bulks up stools and prevents constipation.
Foods rich in insoluble fibre: wheat bran, all bran, whole grains, popcorn, flaxseed, oatmeal, rye bread, rolled oats, beans, lentils, beetroot, chickpeas, parsnips, peas, turnip, soybeans, sweet potatoes, potatoes with skin, cabbage, apples, raspberries, figs, kiwi fruit, mangoes, bananas, pears and strawberries.
SOLUBLE FIBRE helps keep stools soft and moist, making them easier to pass. It can reduce cholesterol and encourage beneficial gut bacteria.
Foods rich in soluble fibre: Fibremore, oat bran, oatmeal, brown rice, flaxseed, plantain, artichokes, kidney beans, brussel sprouts, asparagus, broccoli, onions, carrots, blackberries, oranges, grapefruit, apricots, mangoes and prunes.
The recommended daily fibre intake is 25-35g for adults. Increase your fibre intake gradually over a couple of weeks to avoid excess wind.
An easy way to ‘top up’ your daily fibre is to take one or two 5ml teaspoons of Fibremore daily. Each 5g of Fibremore contains 4.5g of soluble fibre. The powder has no taste and mixes easily in any food or drink.