Some of you might have been wondering why we keep banging on about eating FIBRE – why is it so important?
For years there has been an association between eating fibre and your digestive health – it ‘keeps you regular’. Eating fibre and drinking water helps your digestive system to work better preventing issues like bloating, constipation and diarrhoea. Studies show that 1 in 5 adults suffer from constipation at any one time, a bigger issue than you might have thought.
Linked to this is emerging science that shows that shortening the amount of time waste travels through the colon can reduce the likelihood of colorectal cancers. Also the production short chain fatty acids when prebiotic fibre is consumed by the gut bacteria could inhibit the growth of cancerous tumours.
Consumption of fibre known as beta glucans found in oats has been linked to a reduction in the risk of cardiovascular (heart) disease. Oat bran has been seen to reduce total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol as well as lower blood pressure. We will have another blog piece with more detail on this on this soon.
Diabetes UK recommend a high fibre diet as a way to regulate blood sugar levels. Very current research is also assessing whether consuming fibre to manage weight gain and reduce obesity can also prevent type 2 diabetes (T2DM). Fibre does fill you up and make you feel fuller for longer and so is a tool for appetite control and weight management.
Finally prebiotic fibre is essential to nourish the good gut bacteria which emerging science is linking to mental wellness. The gut-brain axis is well documented, research is starting to show that you really are what you eat.
This is pretty compelling stuff to get you eating more fibre… It is early stage research, and much more is needed, but it is pretty conclusive. Hence the 30g per day target that so many of us are missing out on.