Despite the fact that fibre is a vital nutrient within any healthy diet, recent research found that fewer than 10 per cent of adults meet the recommended goal of eating 30 grams a day. Nevertheless, dietary fibre provides a variety of important health benefits, including:
- Promoting proper gut functioning by preventing constipation
- Reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and bowel cancer
- Lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes by helping control high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure.
Make sure you maintain the proper daily fibre intake and foster a healthy diet by using the following top nutrition tips:
- Reach for wholegrains – An important element of a fibre-rich diet is incorporating healthy carbohydrates into your meals. This includes eating high-fibre breakfast cereals such as wholewheat biscuits, wholemeal breads, wholewheat pasta or brown rice.
- Just add fruit – Eating fresh or dried fruit is a perfectly sweet way to add essential fibre into your diet. Consider putting fruit on top of your meal (eg on a salad, porridge or yoghurt) or eating it as a snack.
- Pack in the pulses – Various pulses (eg beans, lentils and chickpeas) provide substantial amounts of fibre. Try including pulses within your soup, stew and curry recipes.