Are you in tune with how much fibre you consume each day? If you’re like many of us, it probably isn’t something that is on your radar. What isn’t widely communicated is its importance, which is likely contributing to the so-called ‘fibre-gap’ researchers are now seeing within the typical Western diet.
Fibre is the component in vegetables, fruits and grains that is not digested. Unlike most foods that we eat, which are both absorbed and digested, fibre passes right through the digestive tract rather than breaking down.
Adults should be consuming at least 30g of fibre each day but records indicate the average consumption is only 18g per day
A fundamental source of nutrition for gut bacteria, and therefore essential to gut health, fibre is responsible for regulating bowl functions, moving stool, and ridding dangerous carcinogens through the body.
When we don’t include enough fibre in our diets, we suffer a loss of good bacteria in our bodies. This means irregularity, constipation and generally a lack of energy. Research findings have concluded that insufficient amounts of fibre are not only hurting our intestinal and digestive health but the loss of good bacteria hurts our immunity and in turn increases the risk for conditions or diseases such as colon cancer, allergies, cardiovascular disease and obesity.
By simply fueling our bodies with high fibre foods, we are not only boosting our gut health, but taking preventative measures against severe health problems.
When sourcing some of the top fibre rich foods, there are plenty to choose from that are both nutritious and delicious. A few of our favourites include oats, beans, figs, nuts, avocado, berries, coconut and flax seed. Get shopping and feel the benefits of a fibre-fueled diet – your gut will thank you.
Read more on the fibre-gap from OptiBac here