Are you getting enough fibre? Here’s why it’s so important
Fibre it isn’t as bland as you think – and there’s good reason why all of us should take conscious steps to make sure we’re getting enough.
A recent study published in The Lancet medical journal – one of the most prestigious publications addressing medical questions in the world – found people who routinely eat lots of fibre have significantly lower rates of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and bowel cancer, compared with those who consume much lower amounts.
Fibre can also help with weight loss and general health maintenance. Yet, the British Nutrition Foundation says that in the UK, most people still don’t fall within the government guidelines for daily fibre intake, preferring instead a diet heavy with carbohydrates instead of plant-based foods which are rich with the all important roughage that cannot be completely broken down by human digestive enzymes. Fibre passes through the body undigested, keeping your digestive system clean and healthy, easing bowel movements, and flushing cholesterol and harmful carcinogens out of the body.