Researchers commissioned by the World Health Organisation reviewed 50 years of evidence, looking at 230 previous studies involving 215,000 people.
Researcher Professor John Cummings, of the University of Dundee, said "The work that we have done means we have enough evidence from population studies, human experimental work and the biochemistry and physiological of fibre to be confident of the clear benefits to health. Fibre has come of age as a unique and essential nutrient."
This is pretty compelling stuff - we're so delighted it has hit the headlines as hopefully people will start to take action. People consume only 19g of fibre a day on average - just over half the recommended intake of 30g and massively less than the 100g we consumed as cave men. Women are worst then men, on average consuming about 17g, and men 21g, a day.
The latest UK National Diet and Nutrition Survey shows that only 13% of men and only 4% of women aged 19-64 years are consuming the daily recommended 30g; this pattern is mirrored across the developed world. Hopefully this news will make people see the need to change.
Interestingly natural ingredients were found to be a better marker of health than the “glycaemic index”, a measure of how quickly foods affect blood sugar, researchers concluded.
It's easy to think that incorporating more fibre into your diet will be really hard - but it needn't be. A bowl of delicious Troo Granola provides over 9g of Fibre - almost one third of your daily fibre requirements, perfect to kick the day off with a fibre-filled breakfast that will keep you going until lunch. Yummy Troo Spoonful of Fibre, pure inulin syrup, is a fantastic honey alternative and is 65% fibre, 7g per tablespoon. This is the easiest way to add fibre to your diet; add it to hot or cold drinks, drizzle it over porridge or yoghurt, spread it on a crumpet or add it to soups, stews or smoothies.
The recommendation is to get a wide variety of fibre from different sources. Fibre is found in wholegrains, including wheat, oats, barley and quinoa, as well as fruit and vegetables, particularly legumes such as lentils, beans and chickpeas.
Professor Kevin Whelan of King's College London, said: 'People should consider ways of increasing fibre intake through changing food preparation methods - eg. not peeling potatoes, switching to wholegrain cereals and replacing sugary snacks with fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds'.
When you are increasing the fibre in your diet there are 2 key things to remember; do it gradually and increase your water consumption at the same time.