Fibres are types of very complex carbohydrates. Because they’re so complex they take a while to break down, filling you up and helping your digestive processes.
Fibre, also known as non-starch polysaccharides (NSP), comes in two forms; ‘soluble’ and ‘insoluble’.
Soluble fibre can be broken down in the colon and used as food by good gut bacteria.
Insoluble fibre cannot be broken down, its just helps the digestive process along (and adds bulk to your poo).
You should be aiming for 18g of fibre a day, though research indicates that most people only get to about 14g. If you’d like to increase your fibre intake, you could try:
- Swapping white pasta/bread for variations containing wholegrain or wholemeal.
- Washing rather than peeling vegetables like carrots and potatoes.
- Eating a high-fibre breakfast like ‘All bran’ or ‘bran flakes’
By doing this, you’ll be filling up (fending off the snacks), fuelling up with slow burning energy (less likely to turn to fat) and helping your digestive process stay healthy.