Reasons You Should Eat Fibre

Reasons You Should Eat Fibre

Eating foods high in fibre can do so much more than just keeping you regular.

What is fibre?

Fibre, part of the plant-based foods (grains, fruits, vegetables and nuts) that the body can’t break down. It passes through the body undigested, keeping your digestive system clean and healthy, easing bowel movements, and flushing cholesterol and harmful carcinogens out of the body.

Why is fibre good for me?

Fibre is important for overall health. Some benefits include:

  • Controlling blood sugar
  • Managing blood pressure
  • Reducing cholesterol
  • Increasing the feeling of being full
  • Controlling weight
  • Regulating bowel movement
  • Reducing your risk of diverticulitis
  • Lowering your risk of hemorrhoids
  • Providing relief from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBA)

How much fibre do I need?

For adults the Canadian Diabetes Association recommends 25 to 50 grams of fibre every day. Children between the ages of three and 18 need a gradual increase of fibre in their diets, usually calculated by using the child’s age and adding five grams. People of all ages should eat a variety of foods to obtain a mixture of both soluble and insoluble fibre.

NOTE:  Adding too much fibre too quickly can cause intestinal gas, abdominal bloating and cramping. Increase your fibre intake gradually over a period of a few weeks. This allows the natural bacteria in your digestive system to adjust to the change.  Remember to drink plenty of water as fibre works best when it absorbs water, making your stool soft and bulky.

 

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