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Why do we need fibre?

If you follow a healthy diet filled with vegetables, fruit, legumes and whole grains, you will reach your recommended fibre intake in a day. Unfortunately, most people do not reach their recommended fibre intake on a daily basis.

Women need about 25 grams and men 38 grams of fibre a day. Fibre may lower your risk of colon cancer, heart diseases and digestive issues such as constipation and diverticulosis. Fibre can be split into soluble and insoluble sources. Soluble fibre attracts water and forms a gel. Soluble fibre can help to lower cholesterol, control blood sugar, and keep you fuller for longer. Sources of soluble fibre are oats, barley, dry beans and lentils. Insoluble fibre keeps you regular and can help to prevent constipation. Sources of insoluble fibre are fruit, vegetables and whole grains.

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