Fibre is a type of carbohydrate found in plant-based foods including fruit, vegetables, pulses and grains (e.g., wholemeal bread and cereals). We are unable to digest fibre ourselves and therefore, it reaches the large intestines largely undigested and is fermented (eaten) by our gut microbiome. This helps them grow in our gut as well as producing beneficial compounds including short-chain fatty acids that have beneficial properties way beyond our gut!
Here are our top fibre packed foods to buy next time you go shopping –
– Baked beans, these are great for a quick meal on top of some wholemeal toast.
– Try lentils, they can be added to a bolognese or lasagne for an extra fibre hit.
– Buy frozen vegetables, this way you can easily add an extra portion of plant-based goodness to your meals.
– Include berries in your diet, they make a great snack and can also be added to porridge. You can buy either fresh or frozen.
When cooking and eating fruits and vegetables keep the skin on when possible, this will increase the fibre content.
Written by Rebecca Traylen, Head of Nutrition, Probio7