Fibre and fibre rich food
There are different types of fibre. All kinds of fibre make us feel fuller, they are not absorbed as energy and are good for your digestive system. As they are not absorbed as energy, they contribute to keeping blood sugar levels stable. It is therefore good to eat plenty of fibre, especially if you have diabetes.
For example, bread with a high fibre content contains 5 g fibre per 100 g of bread. Breakfast cereals with 6 g fibre per 100 g are classed as high fibre content products. If you choose a product rich in fibre, you will automatically get a product that is lower in “fast” carbohydrates. If you eat a lot of fibre, you will also automatically have less room in your stomach for anything else. Rye crispbread and wholegrain pasta are examples of foods with a high fibre content.
Two kinds of fibre
There are two different types of fibre – soluble and insoluble. Beta-glucans are an example of a soluble dietary fibre. Oats and barley have high concentrations of beta-glucans and contain many health benefits.
Fibres will make you feel better
Increase your fibre intake by looking for wholegrain products and products with a high fibre content, and eat more fruit and greens. If you are not used to this type of diet, it can be worth increasing your fibre intake a little at a time, to help your digestive system get used to this.
Remember to drink plenty of water because fibre absorbs a lot of liquid.
One positive health benefit of fibre is that you increase bowel activity which in turn, is good for your digestion.