Role of fibre
Dietary fibre can help you manage your diabetes and enhance your general well-being.
Fibre is the part of the plant that cannot be digested by the body.
What is the role of fibre?
Moderate amounts of fibre promote:
- A slower rise in glucose levels.
- A lower insulin requirement.
- Normal bowel function and reduced chance of constipation.
- Lower cholesterol levels.
Healthy tips: Fill up on fibre!
Try these tips to increase the fibre in your diet:
- Eat bread and cereals that contain whole wheat, rye, barley, oats, buckwheat or cornmeal.
- Eat raw or slightly cooked fruits and vegetables including skin and peel when practical.
- Eat brown rice, barley, lentils, dried beans, dried peas, and soy beans.
- Try meals that use beans and grains instead of meat 1 - 2 times per week.
Example: Minestrone soup and a crusty whole grain roll, vegetarian chili and rice, lentil soup.
Remember: Increase the amount of fibre into your diet slowly and drink 6 - 8 glasses of fluids each day.