High Fibre?

Yes, Fibre is great and healthy, But WHY?

Fibre is a carbohydrate, but is not digestible. Why would you ever want to consume something that is not even digestible?
1. To get things moving through your system. Fibre is the train for the digestive tract to help get things moving.
2. To help you feel full. Fibre is not energy dense so it takes up space in your stomach helping you feel fuller and reducing the amount of space in your stomach for more energy dense foods.
3. Fibre can help reduce cholesterol. Check out out the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation for additional tips on how fibre can lower cholesterol. (https://www.heartandstroke.ca/articles/eat-to-lower-your-cholesterol)

Did you know there are two types of fibre?

Soluble fibre: the gel probably most know it as metamucil or physillium.

For example:

  • Oatmeal and oat bran.
  • Apples, citrus fruits, and strawberries.
  • Beans, peas, and lentils.
  • Barley.
  • Rice bran.

Insoluble fibre:  This is the fibre that provides structure to fruits, vegetables, and grains.

For example:

  • The peel of your apple
  • Wholegrain foods such wheat bran, brown rice and couscous.
  • Root vegetables, such as carrots, parsnips and potatoes.
  • Celery, cucumbers and courgettes.
  • Fruit with edible seeds.
  • Beans, pulses and lentils.
  • Nuts and seeds.

What does a high Fibre food look like?

Higher Fibre Foods

Ex:  Oatmeal

1 cup of cooked oats:

●     145 calories

●     2 g of fat

●     6 gram of protein

●     25 g carbs

●     4 g fibre

Lower Fibre Foods

Ex:  White rice

1 cup of cooked rice:

●     204 calories

●     .44 g fat

●     4.2 g protein

●     44 g carbs

●     .6 gram fibre

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