Kate's Cuisine

Jun 12 2009


Fibre is an amazing thing. Fibre, or roughage as it’s also known, contains no fat, cholesterol or calories and is not digested by the body. This makes it the perfect nutrient to flush out our systems and help us lose weight and maintain a healthy weight. Fibre can also help you lose weight because it’s food that ‘sticks to your ribs’ so you’ll feel for a long time after eating just a little bit of fibre. And because of its aggressive position, fibre can also help maintain a healthy GI tract. But fibre’s good for more than just helping with weight and digestion issues. Fibre can also help reduce your risk of Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and many kinds of cancer.

Males that are between the ages of 19 and 50 should get at least 38g/day of fibre while males older than 51 can do with 30g/day. Females between the ages of 19 and 50 should get 25g/day of fibre while those over the age of 51 are usually recommended to get 21g/day.

Whole grain products are by far the richest foods in fibre. These are foods such as brown rice, whole wheat bread, oatmeal, barley, bulgar, whole grain cereals, and whole grain pastas. Fibre can also be found on the inside of any plant cell’s wall so fruits and vegetables also all have fibre in them.

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