To much to say about Fibre for one post and I will follow up with a full blog!
Why do we need fibre – because it helps us poo. Why do we need to poo? So we are not full of shit! Incentive enough??
Seriously – only 20% of Australian adults get the recommend 30g of fibre a day.
Even sadder fact – the biggest reason why kids get sent home from school sick is due to constipation! Waaaaaaaa!! Makes me sad.
Where so we get fibre from – Complex carbohydrates! Fruit and veg (with skin ideally), wholegrain bread/pasta, brown rice, legumes, oats and other grains. Basically plant foods.
Benefits of fibre – Helps maintain bowel health, lowers cholesterol levels, helps control blood sugar levels, aids in achieving healthy weight and so much more.
Signs you are not getting enough fibre – Constipation (less than 3 bowels movements a week)
TASK – ask your kids everyday if they are going to the loo!! If no – increase their fibre.
Simple swaps to increase your fibre
Switch from white bread sandwiches to wholegrain breads
Brown rice instead of white
Don’t peel fruit and veg – just wash it (including potatoes)
How can you track it -aside from literally learning the fibre content of all the foods you eat you can pop it into my fitness pal too. Its not super accurate but a pretty good guide.
I would advise you going from 0 to 30g of fibre in one day though, you will get a horrid stomach ache. Build it up gradually over time.
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