According to a new study published in the journal Lancet, a high-fibre diet may actually reduce a person’s risk of developing deadly diseases (i.e. coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and colon cancer) by 15 to 30 per cent. In addition, researchers found that those who regularly consumed a lot the stuff had lower body weight, blood pressure and cholesterol in comparison to those with a far lower intake.
So how much fibre, should we be consuming exactly?
The study suggests an intake of between 25-29 grams daily for the maximum health benefits. That said, if you’re only just beginning to incorporate more fibre into the diet, you’ll want to ease into it – too much too quickly can often cause uncomfortable stomach issues such as gas and bloating.
Here are a few fibre friendly foods to get you started:
- Legumes (beans, lentils and peas)
- Fruit (pears, strawberries, apples, raspberries, bananas)
- Brussel sprouts
- Chia seeds
- Nuts (almonds and cashews)
- Sweet potatoes
- Dark chocolate