Fibre is a fascinating component of food. Fibre is the indigestible part of plant foods and even though our bodies don’t absorb it, fibre plays an important role in our health. Fibre is good for our digestive health and effective at preventing constipation. Fibre has also been linked to reduced inflammation throughout the body and improved brain function.
Increasing fibre is one of the simplest ways to improve your diet. Try these simple swaps to increase your daily fibre intake.
- Rice crackers to wholegrain crackers (like Vitawheats or Ryvita)
- White toast with jam to wholegrain toast with peanut butter
- 1 glass of fruit juice to 1 piece of fresh fruit
- White rice to brown rice at dinner time
- Potato crisps/chips to peanuts/mixed nuts
- Cornflakes to Weetbix or Sultana Bran
- Garlic bread to rye bread
- Ice-cream with topping for dessert to tinned fruit with yoghurt
- 1 chocolate biscuit to 1 red apple
- Banana bread to a wholegrain muesli bar
The recommended daily intake of fibre is 25g for women and 30g for men. To find out of you are getting enough fibre you can speak to one of our dietitians at The Healthy Eating Clinic.