Why is a healthy diet so important for me?

Dietary fibre

Dietary fibre is a type of carbohydrate that cannot be broken down by the enzymes in our digestive system and is found in edible plant foods such as vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes and whole grains.

There are two types of dietary fibre: soluble and insoluble fibre.

  • Soluble fibre partially dissolves in water forming a gel-like substance during digestion. Soluble fibre relieves constipation and some types of soluble fibre may lower risk of cardiovascular disease.

  • Insoluble fibre adds bulk to your stool and helps food pass more quickly through the digestive system. Insoluble fibre relieves constipation and delays glucose absorption into the blood following a meal.
     

A high dietary fibre intake lowers your risk of developing diabetes. Increased dietary fibre is associated with improved fasting blood glucose and glucose metabolism after eating. A high-fibre diet also helps you feel fuller throughout the day and more satisfied from your meals.

Maintain a good Fibre Score by eating 30 g of fibre per day to reduce your risk of developing diabetes!