Benefits of high fibre foods
Foods containing plenty of fibre have more bulk than low-fibre foods.
- Fibre can absorb large amounts of water in the bowels, and this makes stools softer and easier to pass. Anyone starting a higher-fibre diet will notice the difference in stool bulk. In almost all cases, increasing fibre in the diet will relieve constipation within hours or days.
- Because stools are easier to pass, less straining is necessary, and this can help relieve haemorrhoids.
- Foods containing plenty of fibre have more bulk than low-fibre foods. If taken in the right form at the right time and at sufficient quantities, fibre can sometimes slow the onset of hunger.
- Evidence is now growing to support the notion that foods containing soluble fibre (such as oats, rye barley, and beans) can have a positive influence on cholesterol, triglycerides, and other particles in the blood that affect the development of heart disease.
- Adding fibre to the diet helps regulate blood sugar levels, which is important in avoiding diabetes.