Fibre is an indigestible carbohydrate found in foods such as vegetables, fruits and legumes.

There are two types of fibre:

Soluble fibre helps to lower blood cholesterol levels, delays gastric emptying, decreases blood sugar levels. Soluble fibre is found in many fruits and vegetables, oats, barley, psyllium and legumes.

Insoluble fibre helps to prevent constipation, lowers risk for diverticular disease and colon cancer. Insoluble fibre is found in some fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and wheat bran.

Most Canadians do not meet their daily requirement for fibre. Women between the ages of 19 and 50 need 25g/day, while men require 38g/day.

For a tips on increasing your fibre intake, check out Dietitians of Canada - Healthy Eating Guidelines for Increasing Your Fibre Intake