Fibre is a key part of a nutritious diet and a healthy digestive system. Whilst recent Kellogg research has shown 4 in 5 Australians know fibre can help protect the gut, two out of three aren’t meeting their daily requirements.
Fibre helps to keep you healthy by making you feel fuller for long, lowering your cholesterol levels, controlling your blood sugar levels and improving your digestive balance.
Here are 5 ways that you can get more fibre into your diet.
Eating 2 servings of whole fruit, preferably with skin and 3-5 serves of vegetables a day helps you to get the right balance of fibres. A salad or fruit salad is the perfect way to make sure you’re getting your daily intake of fruit and veg.
Nuts are a great source of fibre and provide a wide range of essential nutrients and healthy fats and proteins. Why not spice up your diet with high-fibre content nuts and seeds? Nuts also make the perfect afternoon snack when you’re feeling hungry but aren’t ready to commit to a full meal.
Start the day with a high-fibre cereal. Combined with nuts, seeds and fruit, a high-fibre cereal is both a nutritious and delicious way to up your fibre intake. This doesn’t just feed the good bacteria in your gut, it allows them to grow and thrive.
Swap out the white bread for whole grain, wholemeal or multigrain. Eating whole grain bread can add up to an additional twenty grams of fibre per day to your regular diet. You can enjoy some well-deserved carbs knowing that you’re boosting your fibre intake and digestion. Adding a smashed avo (another excellent source of fibre) to some multigrain toast is a perfect way to kill two birds with one stone.
Drinking water is fundamental to maintaining a healthy body and it should go hand in hand with your fibre intake. Not only will you feel healthier and fuller, your digestive system will thank you for it
This article was written by Accredited nutritionist Jacqueline Alwill