Letting Fibre Work for You

Letting Fibre Work for You

We heart fibre! An unsung hero for our hearts, soluble fibre is now being recognized for its star potential in supporting healthy cholesterol levels — a good thing for cardiovascular health.

As a carbohydrate that can't be digested, fibre performs a unique service to our bodies and our wellness. While we've suspected its benefits for years, scientific research now proves that fibre is a vital component of a cardio-protective diet1.

Fibre at work

Different fibres have different physical properties, and one of those is solubility.

Fibres that are more soluble dissolve to form a gel-like substance in our intestines. As it passes through the digestive system, this substance helps remove cholesterol from the body1.

Fibres that are more insoluble contribute to regularity by providing bulk for the gastrointestinal tract or colon. Sure, the colon may not be too flashy but that doesn't diminish its role in our health.

It's official

Health Canada has recognized the benefits of fibre. As a result of a rigorous review process, Health Canada permits qualified foods to make a claim that wheat bran fibre promotes regularity and that oats, psyllium and barley can help reduce cholesterol.

Filled with fibre

Scientists recommend men consume 38 grams of fibre per day and women consume 25 grams of fibre per day1. Fortunately for us, nature makes it easy to get fibre in our daily diet. Foods with fibre come in all colours, tastes and textures. Include a variety of fruits, vegetables, grain-based foods and legumes in your diet, such as:

  • Fruit — including bananas, cranberries, strawberries and oranges
  • Legumes — including beans, lentils and chickpeas
  • Vegetables — including carrots, spinach and broccoli
  • Whole grains — including oats and wheat
1 Institute of Medicine, Food and Nutrition Board. Dietary Reference Intakes for Energy, Carbohydrate, Fibre, Fat, Fatty Acids, Cholesterol, Protein, and Amino Acids. Washington, DC: National Academies Press; 2002.

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