It’s common knowledge that fibre is essential for keeping us regular, but the benefits of a fibre-rich diet go way beyond a healthy digestive system. In this month’s issue, we reveal the six surprising benefits of fibre, including its heart-protective role in lowering cholesterol and the healthy way it balances our gut bacteria. On top of this, studies also link high-fibre diets to reduced risks of developing colorectal cancer and type 2 diabetes.
One of the best reasons to eat more fibre is that it’s extremely satisfying. Include high-fibre foods (such as wholegrain cereal, soy–linseed bread and brown rice) at each meal, and you’ll feel full for longer and be less likely to overeat at your next meal. These body bonuses make a high-fibre diet a great way to manage your weight, without ever feeling hungry or deprived.
So just how much fibre do you need? According to national guidelines, we should be consuming no fewer than 25 to 30g every day, but to reduce long-term health risks, this figure rises to at least 28g for women and 38g for men.
We’ve crunched the numbers for you, so grab our July issue to discover which foods will help you meet your daily needs. We’re also giving you a seven-day, high-fibre meal plan for weight loss. Eating more fibre has never been easier!