Did you know fibre can help you maintain a healthy weight?

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Dietary fibre plays a major role in the digestive system and body as a whole. It is important to get the right amount of fibre to ensure that everything works efficiently.

How much fibre do I need?

Women should aim to get 25 g of fibre every day and men should aim to get 38 grams of fibre every day. To help ensure you are getting enough out of your diet, try incorporating fibre-rich foods into every meal.

Some fibre-rich foods include oatmeal, berries, broccoli, brown rice and breads made of whole grains.

How fibre works in the digestive system:

This nutrient is not digestible. This may sound like a problem, but it is actually its primary benefit. This helps to bulk up stools so that you do not become constipated. When combined with an adequate water intake, you will have soft stools as well which help to ensure easy elimination. This also helps to prevent haemorrhoids and diverticulitis.

Weight management:

Foods that are high in fibre will absorb water as you digest them. This helps to keep you full due to swelling. When you feel full, you will eat less, and therefore be able to maintain a healthy weight.

Foods with fibre also tend to be low in sugar which is good for those with diabetes and those wanting to prevent it. High-fibre foods, such as many fruits, also tend to have other critical nutrients, such as minerals, vitamins and antioxidants.

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