Fibre, which is formally known as roughage by some, is a substance in plant food that is not completely broken down when food digests. It is found in plants and complex carbohydrates, fruits, lentils and beans.
Fibre is good in the sense that, it helps keep our digestive system healthy. The more fibre we have in our foods, cereals, whole grain meals, pulses, pasta. The likelihood of us suffering from heart and circulatory problems, type 2 diabetes and even some cancers, is greatly reduced
Research shows that many of us are not eating enough fibre. The food we eat should be balanced. It should comprise of having fruits, vegetables, bean, nuts seeds and lentils.
An adult person should have at least 30g of fibre in their diet per day. At the moments the average is about 20g. Our meals and snacks should be high in fibre. We should be choosing whole grain options at meal times.
If you are buying ready-made products like bread, pasta, or ready-made meals, check out for the ‘traffic lights’ on the package. Look out for fat, sugar and salt contents, along with the ‘sauce of fibre’ in the content.
If you are not already eating fibre based foods, this should be introduced gradually, because different types of fibre can have a different effect, on our bodies and health.
As someone said ” having fibre in your diet makes you go” we all know where.
In my next article, I shall talk about the different types of fibre and how they affect our health.