THE BENEFITS OF DIETARY FIBRE
- December 24, 2014
Dietary Fibre has only recently been recognized as a critical component of food. Research in the past few decades has demonstrated the importance of adequate fibre consumption, clearly showing its impact in the prevention of various diseases.
Fibre is broadly defined as the portion of plant material that cannot be digested by humans. Fibre is an broad term that covers two distinct categories – Souble Fibre and Insoluble Fibre.
Soluble Fibre dissolves in water to form a viscous gel, and as a result of this has a number of benefits. Insoluble fibre on the other hand passes through the digestive tract unchanged. However, it tends to absorb water, increase stool bulk, and ensures healthy digestion.
There are various kinds of soluble fibre found in foods such as oats, lentils, apples, fenugreek seeds, flaxseed and beans. The various types of soluble fibre have a number of health benefits which, some of which are listed below:
The benefits of insoluble fibre arise from the ability of these substances to absorb moisture, increasing the volume of matter moving through the digestive system. Some benefits of insoluble fibre are listed below:
While the amount of research into, and understanding of, dietary fibre has expanded exponentially in recent times, the message remains the same – the consumption of dietary fibre is extremely crucial to ensure good health.
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