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.
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.
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.
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: