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We all know that it is important to take 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. But do we really follow it? Do we really take enough fibre every day? Do we monitor the fibre in our diet?
WHAT IS FIBRE?
Fibre is also called roughage and it is present in plants and helps in digestion of food. It can also provide various vitamins and minerals. Fibre is of two types:
Soluble fibre which is present in grains, fruits, green vegetables
Insoluble fibre is present in breakfast cereals such as oats, whole wheat breads, nuts etc.
WHY DO WE NEED IT?
It helps us to maintain our digestive health by helping in digestion of food. If we are not taking enough fibre, it can lead to various problems like constipation and overall poor digestive health.
ARE YOU SUFFERING?
If you are suffering from one of the following, there are chances you are not taking enough fibre:
Poor blood sugar control
Or other disorders related to digestive system
DO NOT WORRY!
There are many fruits and vegetables which you can include in your diet to get fibre. Another good option is oats which are not only easily available but also high in fibre. Oats can be consumed for breakfast and it is a guilt-free way to indulge in the morning. Try Quaker oats; it is not just rich in nutrients but also tastes well. Apart from fiber, it is packed with vitamins and minerals. It contains 4gm of fibre in one cup of oats.
HOW OATS ARE GOOD FIBRE FOODS?
It lowers the risk of heart diseases as it reduces the stress on heart by aiding in the digestion process.
It is in itself a wholesome food but you can add fruits and vegetables to oats to improve the fibre content but you can get variety every day.
As it is a mix of soluble and insoluble fibre, it can help if you are suffering from constipation.
It can be used in different form in many different kind of recipes to make them fibre rich.
What are you waiting for? Start including oats in your diet today itself to see its benefits .
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