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Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Are you eating too much fibre?

You need fibre to lower your cholesterol and regulate your bowel movements. However, like every other good thing, too much of fibre is also bad. And now that fibre is added to a few foods like yoghurt and granola bars; you may not be aware of your daily fibre intake.

What happens when you consume too much fibre?
According to Niti Desai consultant dietician Cumbala Hills Hospital, Mumbai, overdosing on fibre can strip your body of other nutrients. Fibre pushes the foods in your system too quickly for your body to absorb all the vitamins and nutrients. Too much intake of fibre can also soak up the water in your system and constipate you. Further, excessive intake of fibre can also lead to diarrhoea and bloating. Also, if you fail to increase your water intake while including a lot of fibre rich foods in your diet, you could be suffering from dehydration. Remember along with fibre you need adequate water to help your body function better. Stick to 8 to 10 glasses of water to help the fibre in your system work efficiently. Also, keep in mind these 5 things while eating fibre-rich foods.

How much fibre should you consume daily?
You must aim for 25g to 35g of fibre in a day that mostly comes from whole foods. Whole foods contain a mix of soluble and insoluble fibre and your body needs both of it. Along with unsoluble fibre, you need soluble fibre to slow down your digestion and regulate your blood sugar levels. Cruciferous vegetables contain more insoluble fibre than soluble fibre and fruits contain more soluble fibre. So you need to eat both vegetables and fruits along with a lot of beans, legumes and whole grains like oatmeal to get both the types of fibre. Here are 10 fibre rich foods to choose from every day.

Tip: To make sure that you do not fill up your gastrointestinal tract with excess fibre ensure that you read the label before buying a product.

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