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Welcome to the Health Defence Blog - a blog about health, wellness and a healthier you. Brought to you by the Health Defence team at Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland, you'll find up-to-date information on a range of topics from what's in your food to the latest advice on e-cigarettes!
Megan - Health Promotion Specialist
August 3, 2018
Fibre (also known as roughage) is an essential part of our diet but most adults in Scotland aren’t eating enough. In fact, most of us need to double our intake! Find out what fibre is, benefits of increasing your intake and easy ways to get your fibre fix in this week’s Live Better Blog.
What is fibre?
Fibre is the edible part of plants that doesn’t get digested or absorbed by our small intestines. In our large intestines, good bacteria help to break the fibre down. Fibre is found in plant-based foods such as fruits, vegetables and grains.
Eating more fibre has a number of health benefits! And a diet rich in fibre tends to be healthier as it will also be rich in vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals (molecules that help to protect the body from damage).
Benefits of a high fibre diet
Eating more dietary fibre has so many health benefits that you’ll want to start increasing your intake today! From gut health, weight management and reducing your risk of many diseases, it really is an amazing nutrient.
Benefits of eating more fibre:
How much do I need?
It is recommended that adults eat at least 30 grams of fibre every day. The average UK adult eats 18 grams a day, so most of us need to increase our intake.
Easy ways to increase your fibre intake
If you don’t eat much fibre, it’s really important to increase your intake slowly. A sudden increase in fibre can cause abdominal pain and wind. Drinking plenty of water also helps to process fibre through your gut.
Choose fibre from a variety of sources to ensure a balanced intake. You could try:
***Disclaimer: always seek medical advice before starting a new diet, exercise regime or medication. The information in these articles is not a substitute for professional advice from a GP, registered dietitian or other health practitioner.