Today we will answer those fundamental questions and provide you with practical strategies to increase your fibre intake. This will reduce your risk of chronic disease, whilst also improving your overall health outcomes.
Fibre is the roughage of plant-based products. In terms of health benefits, fibre feeds our healthy gut bacteria, supports weight loss, can improve blood sugar levels and lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Sources of fibre
Benefits of fibre
Research shows that fibre-rich foods have an abundance of health benefits.
In terms of fibre targets, men are recommended 30g and females are recommended 25g each day. In reality, men should be aiming for 38g and women 28g to prevent the risk of chronic disease. Interestingly, it is has been proven safe to have upwards of 50g and beyond of fibre – although that can be difficult to achieve!
But what does 1g of fibre look like?
Consequences of not having enough fibre.
People who do not have enough fibre tend to have higher rates of bowel issues. This can include short-term upset like constipation, or the development of diverticular disease. This disease describes the progression of little pockets in the bowel, causing pain and inflammation.
5 tips to support fibre intake
If you need assistance determining your overall fibre consumption, or if you are wanting tailored advice, book a consult at CQ Nutrition. Our lovely team of dietitians will analyse your intake of fibre and will develop a personalised plan.
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Written by Annabel Johnston, BAppSc&MDietPrac