Why Do I Need Fibre?
An Essential Part of a Healthy Diet
Eat more fibre. You have probably heard it before. But do you know why fibre is so good for your health?
Dietary fibre comes from the portion of plants that is not digested by enzymes in the intestinal tract. The soluble part of it, however, may be metabolised by bacteria in the lower gut. Dietary fibre, found mainly in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes, is essential for good digestive health and also has a number of other known health benefits such as lowering your risk of diabetes and heart disease.
Are You Getting Enough Fibre?
How much fibre do you need? Through extensive research, scientists have determined that an average person should consume approximately 25-38 grams of fibre per day5 (or 10-13 grams per 1000 calories), of which at least 5-10 grams should be soluble fibre.6 In the world of overly processed and overly packaged food, chances are that you are not getting the amount of fibre you need in your diet. Most people are receiving only half the recommended daily intake of fibre and this could be an important contributing cause for many diseases and problems with obesity.
According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans2, eating fibre is important for proper bowel function and can reduce symptoms of chronic constipation, haemorrhoids, and other digestive disorders such as diverticulosis. There is even some evidence to suggest that a high-fibre diet can reduce the risk of certain types of cancer, such as colon cancer.
The benefits of a diet high in fibre are plentiful. In order to keep your digestive system running smoothly, maintain a healthy weight, and prevent life-threatening illnesses, eating a diet high in fibre is the sensible thing to do