Importance of Fibre
What is fibre?
Dietary fibre describes the part of the plant that can't be digested. It is an important part of our diet because it adds bulk to keep other foods moving through the digestive system, which is essential for inner health. Dietary fibre can be divided into two distinct types:
- Soluble fibre forms a gel-like material in water. It helps restore regularity and lowers cholesterol. Good sources include oats, beans, peas, many types of fruit, and psyllium.
- Insoluble fibre does not dissolve in water and moves through your digestive system quickly and largely intact. Good sources include wheat bran, whole-grain cereals and breads, and many vegetables. The secret to getting enough fibre is to eat a well-balanced diet that includes a variety of high-fibre foods.
Why is Fibre Important?
Fibre is a key component in maintaining everyday and long term health. The National Health and Medical Research Council recommends a daily fibre intake of 25-30 grams.
"A diet lacking in fibre has been connected to complaints such as constipation, haemorrhoids, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and raised blood cholesterol yet the average Australian still fails to meet the recommended daily intake of dietary fibre to a level which reflects a much lower incidence of disease." - Prof Terry Bolin –
Some scary truths:
- Most Australian adults do not meet their recommended daily fibre intake
- Average fibre consumption is just 18-25 grams a day, well below the recommended 30 grams.
- Australians are finding it increasingly difficult to get enough fibre from fruits, vegetables and wholegrain breads.
How to UP the fibre in your diet
Check out our practical fibre tools.