The chances are you are not, as the average person in the UK only consumes about 18g/day, which is 12g less than the recommended 30g/day. It’s not one of the sexiest nutrients to talk about and is often associated with bowel movements, but its health benefits are numerous.
So why’s it so important?
The beneficial effects of fibre include; helping to reduce cholesterol and the risk of diabetes, helping the gut work more effectively and helping control blood sugar levels and weight, as well as helping prevent some cancers and heart disease.
What are the best sources?
Fibre is only found in plant foods such as fruit, vegetables, pulses and cereals. There are two main types of fibre – soluble and insoluble. Soluble fibre is broken down in the gut and these are found in fruit, vegetables, oats and golden linseeds. They provide food for the ‘friendly’ gut bacteria and help keep blood sugar levels stable and help reduce cholesterol. Insoluble fibre passes through the gut without being broken down so they help to keep the bowels working effectively. They are found in cereal grains such as wheat, rye, barley and oats, and in nuts and seeds.
Tips on increasing your fibre intake