Fibre is broken up into two groups, both of which your body needs – soluble and insoluble – both are forms of carbohydrates. Fibre can’t be broken down by your digestive system, it’s role as it moves through your body, is to slow digestion and make your stools softer and easier to pass.

Soluble Fibre Sources

  • Oats
  • Nuts
  • Beans
  • Pulses
  • Barely
  • Rye
  • Apples
  • Banana
  • Carrots

BENEFITS

  • Lower cholesterol – soluble fibre latches to cholesterol particles inside your digestive system and removes them from the body
  • Balances blood sugar levels – as soluble fibre isn’t well absorbed, it doesn’t contribute to the blood sugar spikes and offer protection against diabetes.
  • Fuller for longer – It takes the body longer to process fibre and move it through the digestive system. This means your stomach stays fuller for longer which can also help with weight management.
  • Healthy bowel movements – soluble fibre soaks up water as it passes through, which helps build up your stool and prevent constipation as it stimulates the digestive system.

Insoluble Fibre Sources

  • Seeds
  • Skins of fruit
  • Brown Rice

Benefits

  • Weight Management –  insoluble fibre also plays a key role in controlling weight by supressing appetite.
  • Digestive health: Eating lots of insoluble fibre also helps keeps you regular, and if you do get constipated, adding more of it to your diet can get things moving.

GENERAL FIBRE HEALTH

  • Foods that are high in fibre keep you feeling fuller for longer. It takes the body longer to process fibre and move it through the digestive system. This means your stomach stays fuller for longer after eating high fibre foods.
  • Fibre is well known for sustaining regular bowel movements and helping to prevent constipation as it stimulates the digestive system.
  • Fibre is useful for maintaining healthy colon function by speeding the rate at which stool passes through the intestine and by keeping the digestive tract clean.
  • Fibre binds with certain substances that would normally result in the production of cholesterol, and eliminates these substances from the body.
  • Eating 3 balanced meals and ensuring they all contain high fibre foods stabilizes your blood sugar levels avoiding sugar spikes and that foggy headed feeling!
  • Fibre can also help maintain good gut health, the bacteria that makes up your microbiome feed off fibre and thrive.