What foods contain fibre?
Crystal Davis, United States
Dietary fibre is the part of a plant that provides and maintains the plant´s structure. Cellulose, hemicellulose, polysaccharides, pectins, gums, mucilages and lignins are dietary fibres. These fibres cannot be digested by the human body. For this reason, they can help correct disorders of the large intestine (colon), and keep it functioning normally. To increase the amount of fibre in your diet, you can include some of the following:
- whole-grain foods (bran cereals, whole-grain pastas, brown rice) and breads (those made with whole wheat grains)
- fresh fruits (including the skin and pulp)
- dried or stewed fruits (such as prunes, raisins or apricots)
- root vegetables (such as carrots, turnips or potatoes)
- raw or fresh vegetables, such as cabbage
- broccoli, dried peas and beans (e.g. kidney, lima beans, chick peas, lentils and soy beans), corn
Examples of low and no fibre foods are e.g.: white bread, sugar, meats and fish.