Need More Fiber? Try This!

If you’re like many Canadians, you might not give much thought to the fibre content of your meals. But you should. This overlooked nutrient is tied to a whole host of health benefits. A high-fibre diet is associated with a lower risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, colorectal cancer, breast cancer and diverticulitis.

Fibre lowers LDL cholesterol, dampens inflammation and keeps you feeling full longer. It also feeds good gut bacteria and, of course, promotes regularity. Not surprisingly, research suggests that eating fibre-rich diet can help you live a longer life in good health. Here’s a guide to how much fibre you need each day, plus suggestions of fibre-packed foods to help you meet your daily target.

What exactly is fibre? Dietary fibre is a carbohydrate in plant foods that the body can’t break down. Instead it passes through the digestive tract undigested.

Excerpted from The Globe and Mail

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