Your body needs three broad sources of nutrition protein, carbohydrates and fat. Fibre is a carbohydrate and can be soluble [digestible]  or non soluble [indigestible]. Fibre is found only in fruits vegetables and cereals. Dairy, fish and meats do not contain fibre. The amazing thing about fibre is that while it is a source of carbohydrate it does not contain any sugar or calories. While counting carbohydrates therefore, the amount of fibre in the food can be subtracted from the total carbohydrates that the food contains. This makes many foods almost sugar neutral.

Soluble fibre are found in oats, barley, banana, apples, and root vegetables. Non soluble fibre is found in wholemeal bread, bran, cereals and nuts and seeds. Young children below 5 need about 15 gms of fibre in a day and an adult needs about 30 gms of fibre in a day. Eating fibre has been shown to have a positive impact on heart diseases, constipation and weight loss.

Some of the best sources of fibre includes chia seeds, flaxseeds, raspberries, lentil, broccoli and cabbage.


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.

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