About Healthy Nutrition
The Elements of a Healthy Diet
Dietary fibre is an essential part of our diet even though it provides no nutrients. The chewing fibre stimulates saliva flow and the bulk it adds in the stomach and intestines during digestion aids absorption of nutrients. Diets with sufficient fibre promote bowel regularity. Fibre encourages elimination of waste products and is particularly important in the control of the body's cholesterol levels.
All foods of plant origin are useful sources of dietary fibre. The richest sources are wholemeal bread and flour, peas, beans, lentils, bran, beetroots, bananas, dried fruits, grapes, cabbage, carrots, potatoes, sesame seeds and nuts.
To increase daily intake of fibre, it is recommended to:
- Include a variety of fibre-rich foods such as root vegetables, green vegetables, cereals, nuts, pulses, fresh fruits and wholegrain foods
- Include some raw fruit and vegetables
- Sprinkle sesame seeds
- Include beans and pulses in your diet
- Choose wholegrain products
6 March, 2016