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There are many aspects to a well balanced diet and one important area would be incorporating fibre.
Dietary fibre is a carbohydrate, also known as roughage or bulk, and is commonly classified into two groups: Soluble fibre, which dissolves in water and insoluble fibre, which doesn’t, combined they are called total fibre.
Fibre comes from plants, vegetables and grains, which the body can’t fully absorb or digest; it passes though your digestive system fairly intact.
While fibre isn’t broken down and absorbed like other food components such as proteins, carbohydrates and fats, it has a very important role in maintaining health.
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Best known for its ability to help maintain bowel integrity, fibre can provide other health benefits such as reducing the low-density lipoprotein (bad cholesterol) levels that are responsible for the high blood pressure that causes cardiovascular disease.
To receive the greatest health benefits of fibre, eat a wide variety of each, as the amount of each fibre type varies in different foods.
- Start your day with a high fibre breakfast. Choose cereals like oats, bran or whole gains.
- Choose whole grains. Buy brown rice instead of white, this also applies to pasta. Choose whole wheat bread; make sure you read the ingredients as some bread companies still add white flour to their “whole wheat” bread.
- Eat more beans, peas and legumes.
- Snack on, fruit, nuts and seeds.
- Add vegetables to every meal.
- Helps maintain a healthy weight.
- Helps control blood sugar levels.
- Lowers cholesterol.
- Helps lower the risk of colon diseases.
- Regulate bowl movements.
- Helps lower the risk of type two diabetes and heart disease.
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