Dietary fibre plays an important role in maintaining good intestinalhealth and will assist greatly with the prevention of diseases. There is now a great deal of scientific evidence suggesting that a depletion of fibre contribute to several degenerate diseases.
An increase in dietary fibre may help to prevent obesity, colon cancer, heart disease, gallstones, irritable bowel syndrome, diabetic conditions and diverticulosis. Sources you need to consider when adding fibre to your diet are unprocessed wheat bran, whole cereals such as rice, barley wheat, rye, potatoes (sweet), turnip, sweet corn and carrots.
Fruit sources would include mango, apple and vegetable sources such as cabbage, celery and lettuce. Fibre helps relieve constipation and lowers LDL and blood cholesterol particularly oat bran. While there is no real guideline on how much fibre to take, we recommend a fibre intake of 30-40 grams per day.