Making Carbs Count, Carbohydrate counting for diabetes, fibre

LIVINGLIVING MAKING CARBS COUNT

We often hear how important it is to enjoy a diet high in fibre. We look

at the benefits and show some easy ways to get more of the good

stuff into your daily diet. By Angela Coffey

FEEL-GOOD FIBRE

Super popu is an all-round

friend to us. As well as

keeping everything moving

down there and keeping

our digestive system tiptop, fibre-rich

foods included in a healthy,

balanced diet are thought to help maintain

our weight, while soluble fibre (see below)

slows down how fast sugar is absorbed

into our blood - helping to keep sugar

highs at bay. Not only that, according

to the European Food Safety Authority,

keeping your diet high in fibre can reduce

your risk of cardiovascular disease (heart

disease and stroke), Type 2 diabetes and

bowel cancer.

There's even more: Some types of

fibre also help gut bacteria produce

helpful chemicals that can have beneficial

effects on the bowel, and a fibre-rich

diet can help to increase our gut's good

bacteria. Some fibre even acts as a food

source for 'friendly' gut bacteria helping

them to increase and produce protective

substances, such as short-chain fatty

acids.

Guidelines recommend 30g of fibre a

day for people aged 17 and over, but it's

thought people have far less at just 17g

a day. So, if you're looking to increase

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