For many years we have been told that we need to eat more fibre but it is surprising how many people are still not even getting their minimum 5 a day.
New government recommendations from July 2015 recommend our fibre intake should increase to 30g a day. Most adults are only eating an average of about 18g day so the majority of us need to improve on this.
High fibre foods also makes us feel fuller and will help digestion and prevent constipation.
Increasing your fibre intake is easy and requires only a small change in your eating habits.
Eat a high-fibre breakfast cereal. Porridge is an excellent choice with cereals like Weetabix or Shredded Wheat a good alternative. Use wholemeal or granary breads, or higher fibre white bread, and for lunches and dinner use wholegrains like whole-wheat pasta, bulgur wheat or brown rice. Keep skins on potatoes when boiling or baking. Pulses are another good source. Use more beans, lentils or chickpeas in stews, curries and salads.
Lastly, if you fancy a nibble, pick up some fruit.