We all know that eating high-fibre foods can be good for our health.
But do you know what the benefits of eating high-fibre foods are?
If you’ve ever wondered why you should be bumping up your fibre intake, you’re not alone.
There are dozens of reasons why eating a little more fibre is beneficial for most people.
Many of these reasons stem back to only a handful of core benefits of having a high fibre diet.
So, first we'll look at what fibre is, and then we'll move onto the potential benefits of fibre for you.
What is fibre?
Fibre is a type of carbohydrate found in foods and unlike other carbohydrates, we are unable to digest fibre.
This means fibre typically falls into these two categories.
It's either soluble fibre, so fibre that dissolves in water or insoluble fibre meaning it does not dissolve in water.
Why would you want to eat more fibre?
Now that we know what fibre is, let’s look at a few reasons why fibre can be so good for you and why you would want to eat more of it.
Fibre helps make you feel fuller for longer
When fibre is present in your gut, it soaks up water.
This slows the absorption of nutrients and increases your sense of satiety.
So when you eat a food that is rich in fibre, you’ll feel fuller for a few hours afterwards.
Why is this a good thing?
You’ll be less likely to choose unhealthy foods or eat too much at your next meal.
It may even lead to weight loss due to the reduction in calorie intake.
It supports balanced and steady energy levels
Another great benefit of fibre is balancing out blood sugar levels.
Put simply, fibre slows the absorption of energy from the food that we eat.
So instead of getting a quick hit of energy followed by a crash, you’ll get a steady stream of energy over several hours.
Why is this a good thing?
Firstly, it gives you steady energy to do what you need to do, whether that’s working out or just working hard.
It also may help you to balance out your hormones, and this includes your stress hormones.
This leads to a happier mood.
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Your good gut bugs will be fuelled
One of the most important reasons to eat plenty of fibre is not about feeding you, it’s about feeding your good gut bugs.
Almost all fibre-rich foods contain a group of specific fibres known as prebiotics and these prebiotics act as a fuel source for good gut bacteria.
Why is good gut bacteria critical for health?
Research is learning that gut health is the core of well-being!
Our gut bacteria can affect everything from our brain function to our hormones, our skin health to our stress levels.
If we can keep our gut bugs happy, we’re on track for a long and healthy life.
What are some high-fibre foods you can include?
The good news is that there are plenty of foods that are rich in fibre, so there’s something for everyone.
You’ll find fibre in plant-based foods including these below:
- Wholegrains such as oats, brown rice, spelt and rye
- Pseudograins such as quinoa, buckwheat and millet
- Beans and legumes
- Nuts and seeds
When it comes to keeping your gut happy, a variety of different fibre-rich foods is key.
This is because different foods contain different types of fibre that fuel different good bugs.
Here's a few high-fibre meal suggestions
A good goal is to include at least one serve from each of the above categories per day.
For example, you could have:
- Oats for breakfast
- Quinoa salad for lunch
- Fruit slices with almond butter as a snack
- Tacos with tomato salsa and beans for dinner
Eating more fibre doesn’t mean sacrificing tasty food.
That’s why we created our Wholefoods Bar range.
You’ll get a good dose of fibre-rich foods served up in a delicious flavoured bar that you’ll love.
How are you going to increase your fibre intake?
After reading the above you now know what fibre is, why you should eat more fibre, fibre's potential benefits and you also know what high fibre foods you should be adding into your meals.
Fibre has so many potential benefits and you should be making sure you are getting enough of it in your meals throughout the day.
If you're looking for quick snacks that contain fibre, we've mentioned our Wholefoods Bars above.
They come in ten amazing flavours and have anywhere between 11 grams to 18 grams of fibre in them depending on the flavour you choose.
If you're into smoothies, you could just as easily throw in three of our cubes and load the rest of it up with fibre filled fruit and vegetables.
You could even add in your morning oats (with the fruit and smoothie cubes) to create a high fibre breakfast smoothie!