The benefits of fibre go beyond helping us with regular bowel movements and having comfortable trips to the bathroom. At All Kurma, we promote healthier living through better eating habits. By planning your dietary intake, we can choose the best food by enjoying the best taste of food and reaping the benefits of it.
Previously, we highlighted the many types of food that contain the best fibre. In this entry, we will be looking more into How and What exactly is it that makes fibre one of the most important components to be included in our daily dietary intake.
Dietary fibre increases the weight and size of your stool, and softens it. A bulky stool is easier to pass, decreasing your chance of constipation. If you have loose, watery stools, fibre may help to solidify the stool because it absorbs water and adds bulk to it.
A high-fibre diet may lower your risk of developing haemorrhoids and small pouches in your colon (diverticular disease). Studies have also found that a high-fibre diet likely lowers the risk of colorectal cancer. Some fibre is fermented in the colon. Researchers are looking at how this may play a role in preventing diseases of the colon.
Research has increasingly shown how important the bacteria in our gut may be to our health and it has been suggested that a fibre rich diet can help increase the good bacteria in the gut. Some fibre types provide a food source for ‘friendly' gut bacteria helping them to increase and produce substances that are thought to be protective such as short-chain fatty acids.
High-fibre foods are more filling than low-fibre foods, so you're likely to eat less and stay satisfied longer. And high-fibre foods tend to take longer to eat and be less "energy dense," which means they have fewer calories for the same volume of food.
Soluble fibre found in beans, oats, flaxseed and oat bran may help lower total blood cholesterol levels by lowering low-density lipoprotein, or "bad" cholesterol levels. Studies also have shown that high-fibre foods may have other heart-health benefits, such as reducing blood pressure and inflammation.
For people with diabetes, fibre, particularly soluble fibre such as those found in foods like oatmeal, seeds, nuts, oat bran, dried peas, lentils, beans, apples, pears, and strawberries, can slow the absorption of sugar and help improve blood sugar levels. A healthy diet that includes insoluble fibre may also reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
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Studies suggest that increasing your dietary fibre intake, especially whole grain and cereal fibre is associated with a reduced risk of dying from cardiovascular disease and all cancers, which is a common folk's way of saying, it helps you live longer!
Now that we have dissected a little more detail on Fibre and how it may alleviate your quality of life, wait no more. Together let's make it a goal in the coming new year to focus on living a healthier lifestyle through better and improved eating habits.
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