What is Fibre & Why is it Important?
Fibre refers to the parts of plant foods that your body cannot digest or absorb. It sounds nonsensical to eat stuff that your body can’t digest, but fibre does a lot of good for something that passes on by!
A key thing to know is there are different types of fibre that have their own health benefits. First of all there’s insoluble fibre, which – you guessed it – isn’t water soluble. This type of fibre provides bulk to waste from your digestive system to keep things moving regularly. It’s a fantastic way to support your body’s natural detoxification (no need to pile on the supplements).
Soluble fibre, on the other hand, binds with water to form a gel-like substance that helps waste move smoothly. Soluble fibre also binds with substances like cholesterol and sugar, slowing down their absorption into the bloodstream – and lots of it is found in your favourite Gabriella’s Kitchen Superfood Teff Pasta!
Fibre has significant anti-inflammatory effects, which is helpful in lowering your risk of heart disease. High fibre diets have also been shown to boost long term weight loss and reduce diabetes risk by slowing down the absorption and movement of food through your stomach. Participants in one study were able to keep weight off effectively for at least 3 years following a low fat, high fibre diet!
If you’re still not convinced that fibre is pretty high up on the good-for-you list, check this out: A high fibre diet, especially when combined with reduced dietary fat, can reduce circulating estrogen levels and may reduce your risk of breast cancer. Fibre is also top of my list for reducing your risk of colorectal cancer, improving kidney function, and maintaining healthy gut bacteria.