Tuesday, June 26, 2012

FibreFit: An Essential Part of a Healthy Diet

"Eat more fibre." You have probably heard it before. But do you know why fibre is so good for your health? Dietary fibre comes from the portion of plants that is not digested by enzymes in the intestinal tract. The soluble part of it, however, may be metabolised by bacteria in the lower gut. Dietary fibre, found mainly in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes, is essential for good digestive health and also has a number of other known health benefits such as lowering your risk of diabetes and heart disease. There are two types of dietary fibre that are important for good health, these are:

Soluble fibre: This type of fibre dissolves in water to form a gel-like material. There is some evidence that soluble fibre may lessen heart disease risks by reducing the absorption of cholesterol into the bloodstream. You can find a percentage of soluble fibre in whole oats, peas, beans, apples, citrus fruits, carrots, barley and psyllium.

Insoluble fibre: This type of fibre promotes the movement of material through your digestive system and increases stool bulk, so it can be of benefit to those who struggle with constipation or irregular stools. Whole-wheat flour, wheat bran, nuts and many vegetables are good sources of insoluble fibre.

Both types of fibre are beneficial to the body and most plant foods contain a mixture of both types.


How much fibre do you need? Through extensive research, scientists have determined that an average person should consume approximately 25-38 grams of fibre per day (or 10-13 grams per 1,000 calories), of which at least 5-10 grams should be soluble fibre. In the world of overly processed and overly packaged food, chances are that you are not getting the amount of fibre you need in your diet. Most people are receiving only half the recommended daily intake of fibre and this could be an important contributing cause for many diseases and problems with obesity.

The benefits of a diet high in fibre are plentiful, and include:

Fibre keeps the digestive tract healthy: The principle advantage of a diet high in fibre is the health of the digestive system. The digestive system is lined with muscles that massage food along the tract from the moment a mouthful is swallowed until the eventual waste is passed out of the bowel (a process called peristalsis). Since fibre is relatively indigestible, it adds bulk to the faeces.

Soluble fibre soaks up water like a sponge, which helps to plump out the faeces and allows it to pass through the gut more easily. It acts to slow down the rate of digestion. This slowing down effect is usually overridden by insoluble fibre, which doesn't absorb water and speeds up the time that food passes through the gut.

Fibre pushes you to drink lots of fluid: A high fibre diet may not prevent or cure constipation unless you drink enough water every day. Some high fibre breakfast cereals may have around 10g of fibre per serve and if this cereal is not accompanied by enough fluid it may cause constipation.

Fibre's impact to ageing: Fibre is even more important for older people. The digestive system slows down with age, so a high fibre diet becomes even more important.

Lowers blood cholesterol: Studies have shown that regular intake of foods high in soluble fibre, such as oat bran, baked beans and soy beans, reduce blood cholesterol levels. When blood cholesterol levels are high, fatty streaks and plaques are deposited along the walls of arteries. This can make them dangerously narrow and lead to an increased risk of coronary heart disease.

It is thought that soluble fibre lowers blood cholesterol by binding bile acids (which are made from cholesterol to digest dietary fats) and then excreting them. Cereal fibre seems to be more protective against coronary heart disease than the fibre from fruit and vegetables.

Good method of weight control: In many cases, people who are overweight or obese have been shown to lose significant amounts of excess body fat simply by increasing the amount of dietary fibre, especially soluble fibre, in their daily diet.

Fibrous foods are often bulky and, therefore, filling. They also tend to be low in fat. Soluble fibre forms a gel that slows down the emptying of the stomach and the transit time of food through the digestive system. This extends the time a person feels satisfied or ‘full’. It also delays the absorption of sugars from the intestines. This helps to maintain lower blood sugar levels and prevent a rapid rise in blood insulin levels, which has been linked with obesity and an increased risk of diabetes.

Good for people with diabetes: For people with diabetes, eating a diet high in fibre slows glucose absorption from the small intestine into the blood. This reduces the possibility of a surge of insulin, the hormone produced by the pancreas to stabilise blood glucose levels. 

Research shows that the special type of soluble fibre, called beta-glucan, which comes from whole grains like oats, oat bran and oatmeal, helps lower elevated blood cholesterol levels and stabilise blood sugar level.



Adding more fibre to your diet by increasing the amount you eat each day does not have to be difficult, or bland tasting. FibreFit can be your best answer by introducing the soluble fibre you need into your diet easily by adding it to the food you already eat. To be sure you receive your recommended daily intake of soluble fibre simply take three sachets of FibreFit.

NOTE: Increase the amount of fibre in your diet slowly and drink plenty of fluids to avoid discomfort and gas.

FibreFit contains exudates of Gum Acacia Senegal and Acacia Seyal trees of the Savanna that are about 85% (by weight) soluble fibre. FibreFit provides you the soluble fibre your body needs daily. FibreFit is 100% natural soluble dietary fibre that has no added sugar, artificial sweetener, colours, flavours or any additive.

Besides being high in soluble fibre, FibreFit is high in calcium that helps to support development of strong bones and teeth. FibreFit is made from Gum Acacia, a natural plant source that is rich in prebiotics. Prebiotics are responsible for stimulating growth and activity of beneficial bacteria within the intestinal flora. This is crucial for overall pH balance and maintaining a healthy digestive system.

So if you have been struggling to get your loved ones to eat their fibre or you are just planning to increase the amount of fibre in your diet, look no further, FibreFit is the solution for you. or head on over to the official QNET website and make your first purchase TODAY.

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