Consuming enough dietary fibre

 

Dietary fibre, which can be found in vegetables, fruit, lentils and pulses, plays a vital role in reducing our risk of heart disease and other diet-related illnesses such as colorectal cancer. In particular, soluble fibre, such as that found in oats, has a protective effect on the heart as it helps to reduce the amount of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol in the blood.

To maintain good health, we should eat 20-35 g of fibre daily. Good sources of fibre include:

  • oats
  • fruit, especially guava, jackfruit and banana
  • brown rice
  • vegetables, especially leafy and root vegetables
  • wholemeal products (for instance, wholemeal and multi-grain bread)
  • lentils and pulses (for instance, kidney beans, chick peas, red beans).
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