Continuing from last weeks 'Fibre' blog, thought I would add the final useful touches to this important subject.
Low fibre intake may also lead to an elevated cholesterol level. During digestion, the body releases bile acids which contain cholesterol from the body. Normally a portion of this cholesterol gets reabsorbed into the body along with nutrients from your food.
However, when fibre is present in the intestines, it binds to the bile acids and is then eliminated from the body as waste together with the cholesterol. Increasing your fibre intake can therefore lower your cholesterol.
High fibre foods also supply you with vitamins and minerals required to boost the immune system. Many fire rich foods are also a good source of anti-oxidants which we have covered in earlier posts – these protect you from harmful free radicals. According to a number of study's, eating a diet high in fibre may play a role in preventing colon cancer.
Fibre has no calories, adds bulk to food,, and binds with water in the gastrointestinal tract, helping to reduce hunger and promoting a sense of fullness. Soluble fibre can slow the absorption of sugar and help improve blood sugar levels, also reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Serving large portions of chunky vegetable soup as a starter has been shown to reduce the total calories within a sitting by 20%.
Research shows that fibre protects certain antioxidants in fruit and veg from early digestion in the stomach and small intestine. In 2012, research at the University of Queensland discovered that 'fibre binds up to 80% of cancer-inhibiting antioxidant polyphenols in fruit and veg, safely escorting them to the colon where they can provide protection against cancers.
Now, go seek out that daily carrot !
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