WHY DO I NEED FI­BRE IN MY DIET?

Woman (UK) - - Ask -

QI have al­ways been con­sti­pated. I know about eat­ing fi­bre, but apart from help­ing me go to the toi­let more eas­ily, which I could achieve with lax­a­tives, does it help with any­thing else?

Philippa says

Fi­bre is ex­tremely im­por­tant, and we should be aim­ing to eat 30g per day, which is ac­tu­ally quite a lot.

Hav­ing a diet low in fi­bre in­creases your risk of de­vel­op­ing bowel cancer; eat­ing a diet rich in fi­bre de­creases this risk.

Aim for a va­ri­ety of fruit and veg­eta­bles and whole grains. Try adding a cou­ple of ta­ble­spoons of lin­seeds to your yo­gurt or ce­real for a quick fi­bre boost.

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