Did you know that most people in the UK don’t include enough fibre in their diet? Average fibre intake in adults is 19g per day, well below the recommended 30g per day.
There are 2 types of fibre: soluble fibre and insoluble fibre. Soluble fibre dissolves in water in our bodies and helps lower our cholesterol levels, decreasing the risk of a stroke or cardiovascular disease. Soluble fibre also helps maintain blood glucose levels, decreasing the risk of diabetes or obesity. Insoluble fibre, on the other hand, absorbs water, increasing the mass of the stool and allowing it to pass through the colon more easily. Not consuming enough insoluble fibre can lead to digestive problems such as IBS, hemorrhoids, constipation or even bowel cancer.
I personally try and include nuts & seeds in my breakfast every morning, as they are both amazing sources of fibre! Let me know what your top tips are for making sure you are getting enough fibre in your day.
Other foods rich in fibre
- Wholegrain breakfast cereals, wholegrain pasta, wholegrain bread & wholegrain oats
- Veggies such as broccoli & carrots
- Peas, beans & pulses
- Raspberries, pears, apples, strawberries, figs & raisins
Enjoy these yummy foods rich in fibre!
Sarah – x