HOW MUCH DO YOU NEED?
Aim for at least 25g of fibre every day; most of us get only about 16g. Eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, and nuts (see the opposite page for some of the tastiest high-fibre foods), and you’ll end up with the right mix of different types of fibre, Sarah says. And as you up your fibre intake, drink more water to prevent stomach upset, she says. Your new goal: nine glasses a day.
Some packaged foods contain “functional fibre,” like psyllium and inulin. While it’s okay to eat this type to help fill the gaps, eating whole foods gives you the benefit of other nutrients as well.