What's the beef about fibre?

We talk about fibre all the time, but I don't think we emphasize enough how important it is to manage some of the top chronic diseases in Canada: heart health, diabetes and weight. There's two types of fibre: soluble and insoluble. Insoluble fibre, or 'roughage" helps us stay regular and is in things like skins of apples, seeds, nuts, husks of bran, etc.  This is important for our bowel health.  Soluble fibre is soft and gummy, because it absorbs water, like oatmeal, chia seeds, eggplant, squashes, bananas. Soluble fibre slows down the absorption of the food, so our blood sugar levels remain more stable, and it absorbs bad cholesterol.

Both types of fibre are very important for making us feel fuller longer, so helps with weight maintenance and keeps the healthy bacteria in our gut happy and healthy.

Check out this little article on some new ideas to incorporate fibre into your diet.

The easiest way to bump up the fibre in your diet is to:

  • choose whole grains, like quinoa, brown rice, brown bread, and spread them throughout your day

  • add bran buds or chia seeds to your morning cereal or to yogurt as a snack

  • choose high fibre fruits and vegetables like apples, pears, oranges, broccoli, carrots, brussel sprouts, asparagus, edamame