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What is fibre?

This is the component of plant-based foods which cannot be broken down by the digestive system.

It adds bulk to foods and contributes to the "full feeling" after a meal.

It does not provide any nutrients but is essential for a healthy digestive system, it ensures regular bowel movements and prevents constipation.

It can also help lower high blood cholesterol levels.

There are two types of fibre; insoluble and soluble.

 Insoluble fibre: helps your bowels pass food and prevents constipation. Sources: wholegrain and wholemeal products, pulses and oats.

Soluble fibre: lowers cholesterol and controls blood sugar. Sources: apples, pears, citrus fruits, oats and barley.

 

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