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Why you should eat high-fibre foods

Ten reasons to increase your intake of high fibre foods

Why are high-fibre foods important?

Increasing our intake of foods high in fibre has a whole host of benefits. Our stomachs are conditioned to hold a certain weight or volume of food. The presence of fibre serves to breakdown and reduce calorie dense food that is not-so-easily digested.

High fibre foods include beans, peas, lentils, fresh fruits and vegetables. Whole grain foods also meet the grade; foods such as whole wheat bread, couscous, Bulgar wheat and brown rice. Of course, filling up on the good stuff means we have less appetite for high calories foods such as cake, pastries and pie!

High Fibre = Reduced Glucose Absorption

A high diet fibre, particularly soluble fibre is shown to lower the rate of glucose absorption into the bloodstream, which in turns lowers the rate of insulin production: A reduction in insulin production will lower the rate of fat formation.

Ten reasons to eat fibrous fruit and veg:

  1. Protects you against heart disease
  2. Helps maintain the health of your eyes
  3. Boosts your immune system
  4. Helps you maintain a healthy weight
  5. Helps reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes
  6. Removes toxins from your body
  7. Helps to protect you against cancer
  8. Balances your body’s pH (the balance of acid and alkaline)
  9. Keeps your mind sharp
  10. Provides essential vitamins and minerals

 

Infographic reproduced with the kind permission of The British Nutrition Foundation

Read more

Read NHS tips on how to get more fibre into your diet.

This handy guide from the British Nutrition Foundation introduces swaps you can make to increase your intake of fibres by nearly 100%!

The British Nutrition Foundation has also produced this helpful high fibre meal planner

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