Purpose of fibre
Fiber is a portion of vegetal foods made of carbohydrates which our body cannot digest. Not being a nutrient for us, it still provides great benefit for our system since it works like a broom which sweeps us clean in the inside. This yields some positive side effects like controlling mobility of the intestinal transit, regulating the amount of glucose in our blood, reducing cholesterol, and preventing colon cancer.
For a balanced diet, 30 daily grams of fibre are recommended. Fruits, vegetables, and legumes are a remarkable source of fibre; for example, a slice of watermelon has 2.8 grams of fibre, a cup of strawberries has 3 grams, fifteen grapes have 1 gram, one serving of beans has 7.4 grams, and a small tomato has 2.2 grams.
Vegetables are the main source of fibre. Eat more of:
- Tomatoes and lettuce.
- Soft cooked vegetables such as asparagus and cauliflower.
- Artichokes, pumpkins, green beans, and eggplants.
- Vegetable juices.
Fruits are another great source of fibre. Eat more of:
- Melons and watermelons.
- Strawberries and grapes.
- Figs and other dehydrated fruits.