Are You Getting Enough Fibre?
Did you know that the NHS recommends we eat around 30g of fibre a day, but most adults only consume around 18g a day? 😬
Fibre found in fruit, vegetables, whole-grains, lentils and pulses encourage the production of fibre-loving bacteria strains in the gut that produce short-chain fatty acids or SCFAs for short 🥦 🥕 🌽
These SCFAs impact how much serotonin (our main ‘good mood’ chemical) our body produces 🧠
More fibre = more fibre-loving bacteria = more SCFAs = more serotonin. A high fibre diet can help reduce the impacts of stress, help with sleeping patterns and help with relaxation 🧘♂️
We need fibre for a load of reasons, fibre is essential in helping food pass trough our digestive system easily, it can also help improve gut health (by increasing healthy bacteria in your gut 🧫) Diets with higher fibre have also been linked to reduced risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and bowel cancer ✅
So how do you get more fibre into your diet? ⬇️
Check your pulses: Why not add pulses to your soups, salads curries or stews? 🍵🥗
Cover all your bases: Get fibre into different parts of your diet, opt for a higher fibre breakfast or high fibre snacks 🥣☕️
Make the switch: Choose wholemeal breads and pasta, bulgur wheat or brown rice over white bread or heavily processed pastas 🍞🍝
Keep your skin on! Stop peeling your veg (like potatoes and carrots) and blitz up a fruit smoothie, rather than juicing 🥔🍏🥤
Where can you find fibrous foods that make your life easier?
Just look out for the 'Source of Fibre 🌾' and ' High in Fibre 🌾 ' icons on our menu!
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