Fibre is technically a complex carbohydrate and it can be split into 2 categories – both of which we need in our diet:
Insoluble fibre – helps bulk up stool volume and get things moving in the intestines for digestion.
Soluble fibre – which are fermentable and can help decrease blood cholesterol
If you are lacking fibre in your diet, you could be opening yourself up to all sorts of problems.
Feeling hungry, spikes in blood sugar & insulin, excess fat gain, GI disorders (poor bowel function/constipation), cardiovascular diseases and increased blood fats as well as blood pressure.
Any of the above sound familiar?
Increasing your fibre means you will reduce the risk of all of the above. If you are trying to lose weight and are in a calorie deficit, choosing high fibre foods is essential as it not only bulks up your food volume (mainly veggies) but it leaves you feeling fuller for longer with energy released slowly.
The majority of your fibre should come from fruit/veg/legumes/grains/nuts.
Aim for a daily intake of:
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