By Gaby Burt-D’Agnillo, BSc
Reviewed by Andrea Miller MHSc, RD, FDC
What is fibre?
Fibre is a type of carbohydrate that passes through the digestive system without being digested or absorbed. Fibre is found mostly in plant foods including vegetables and fruit, whole grains, legumes (like beans, peas and lentils), nuts, and seeds. Unlike other nutrients – which are broken down and absorbed for fuel – fibre remains relatively intact as it passes through the body. So, why is fibre important? There are a range of health benefits that fibre provides, which make it a fundamental part of a healthy diet. Evidence suggests that adequate fibre intake can improve digestion and reduce the risk of developing chronic disease. Fibre can also help keep you regular, lower your cholesterol, and control your blood sugar. Consuming fibre-rich foods can increase feelings of fullness and help you maintain a healthy weight.