Fibre has been getting a lot of attention lately and for good reason – we don’t eat enough of it and our health is suffering.
Many of my clients are NOT regular! This means daily girls! And if you need a coffee to help get things moving you’re classified as constipated!
There is NO fibre in animal food, that includes ALL meat, fish, chicken, eggs and dairy.
There is no fibre in liquid fat, including butter and all oils. Fibre is only found in plant foods:
- Legumes – beans & lentils
- Whole grains
- Nuts & seeds
Vegetables and fruit are packed with fibre when eaten whole. Juice does NOT count because the fibre and most of the nutrients are left behind.
Beans and lentils contain a mix of plant protein and complex carbohydrate much of it being fibre. Legumes are an important protein source when you choose to avoid or limit animal protein.
Whole grains are packed with fibre until the food manufacturers strip them of this vital component and you end up with flour. Eat steel-cut or rolled oats, brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat etc.
Nuts and seeds contain a mix of healthy fat, plant protein and fibre. Throwing a tablespoon of psyllium husks on your Fruit Loops for breakfast or drinking a high fibre protein shake just doesn’t cut it. It may help you ‘go’ every day but it’s not enough.
When it comes in its original package, fibre has powerful cancer-kicking properties:
- Fibre helps excrete excess ESTROGEN from the body. This is vital for women who want to reduce their risk of hormonally linked cancers like breast and ovarian.
- Fibre is a toxin magnet and it escorts these unwanted chemicals out of the body and into the toilet where they belong! This also prevents toxins from being reabsorbed from the colon into the body and back to the liver… again!
- Speaking of the colon, your good gut bacteria LOVE fibre, the different types of fibre provide food and fertilizer to the good guys.
- Fibre also helps to lower cholesterol, slows absorption & helps you to feel fuller longer
The chart below shows you how easy it is to eat the daily minimum requirement of fibre: