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Facts on fibre

Fibre is an essential component of a healthy diet. The health benefits of fibre include:

Fibre is often overlooked in our diet. I’m not sure I’ve ever heard anyone say “oh, I’ve not had much fibre today, I might have vegetables with dinner”! You should aim to eat 18 g of fibre a day, which is likely to mean absolutely nothing to you. To help you out, here are some simple facts and guidelines to ensure you are eating a sufficient amount of fibre each day:

Foods containing soluble fibre include:

  • Oats
  • Rye
  • Bananas
  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Strawberries
  • Carrots
  • Potatoes
  • Citrus fruits
  • Legumes
  • Linseed

Foods containing insoluble fibre include:

  • Wholemeal flour, pasta
  • Wholegrain cereal, bread
  • Beans
  • Brown rice
  • Lentils
  • Pulses
  • Wheat bran
  • Nuts & seeds

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