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.