Have you been told to eat more fibre? Most Australians don't get enough of it1
Turns out it’s one of the most important foods in your diet. It helps keep your digestive system running smoothly. That's why you need fibre even if you don't have a problem with constipation.
Women should get 25 grams daily, and men should have 30 grams.
Fill up on the top reasons it's so good for you.
It Keeps You Regular
“We spend a lot of money on laxatives in this country,” says Joan Salge Blake, RD, a clinical associate professor of nutrition at Boston University. But the best way to stay regular is to simply eat more fibre. It helps bulk up your stools, and keeps waste moving through your intestines, preventing constipation.
Just be sure to drink lots of water. “For fibre to work, you've got to hydrate it in your body,” Blake says. “You need plenty of fluid to move [waste] along or it can build up.”
Wanda D. Filer, MD, MBA, FAAFP, a family physician in York, PA; president-elect of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Joan Salge Blake, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND, clinical associate professor of nutrition at Boston University; spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Mirta Desir, Florida resident, eats high-fibre diet.
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