Fibre is the part of a plant that your body cannot or can only partially digest.
It has a number of positive health effects.
Fibre can be found in grains, pulses, vegetables and fruit, for example.
Eating fibre, whilst also making sure you drink enough, is beneficial for bowel movements. In addition, fibre helps you feel full (for longer), meaning that it can help you maintain or achieve a healthy weight.
It is recommended that you eat 30 to 40 grams of fibre each day.
Making sure you drink enough, preferably water, is also important.
Examples of foods that are high in fibre include wholemeal bread, breakfast cereals, wholemeal pasta, brown rice, beans, pulses, raw vegetables, green leafy vegetables (preferably al dente), unpeeled fruit, such as berries, blackberries and apples, and dried fruits.
Eating high-fibre foods and your health
There are a number of health effects associated with eating foods that are high in fibre.
iGene offers you an insight into your personal risks of developing conditions and tells you whether eating high-fibre foods may be particularly important for you to help prevent certain conditions. In addition, an iGene Passport provides you with information on what else you can do to reduce any risks.
Here we focus on behaviour that will help you maximise the benefits to your health. In the publication below you can read more about what iGene can do for you.