We all know that fibre plays a key role in keeping our digestive tract in order, but did you know that it can also help with weight loss and maintenance, controling blood sugar, lowering cholesterol levels, and reducing the risk of heart disease and diabetes?
First things first: what is fibre?
Fibre is a type of carb that occurs in plant-based foods. While most carbs get broken down into glucose, fibre remains intact while passing through the digestive system. Hence, eating fibre keeps you full longer and regulates blood sugar levels by slowing down the rate at which digestible carbs is absorbed into the bloodstream.
Also, some types of fibre contain prebiotics that promote the growth of healthy gut bacteria, which is necessary for numerous bodily functions, such as maintaining our nervous system.
However, a lot of us aren’t hitting our daily recommended amount of fibre, which is 20 grams for day for women (and 26 grams for men, FYI).
One of the side effects of not consuming enough fibre is constipation. In fact, one in four Singaporeans experiences chronic constipation. If you’re one of them, it’s time to start adding fibre to your diet, and that starts with making smarter food choices. Scroll through the gallery to find out how to effectively increase your fibre intake every day.
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Text: Joyce Chua
Additional text: Zoe Zeng