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3 Foods for a Fibre-rich Diet

Eating lots of fibre can be good to help you digest your food, and to keep your bowel movements regular. A lack of this nutrient within your meals could lead to constipation, discomfort, and even stop you from feeling full after you have eaten.

Swiss chard growing in soil

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Including more within your meals could also be a good idea to help lower your blood sugars, and generally keep you feeling well.

However, when you consider which foods are high in fibre, you might then want to think about the ways you can make them taste great as well.

Swiss chard is a leafy green vegetable that can really help your stomach and bowel to feel better. The whole of the vegetable, from the leaves down to the stem, can be incorporated into your meal.

Finding a simple Swiss chard recipe will allow you to cook this ingredient quickly and easily. It could then be mixed in with other vegetables, or into a sauce, to allow you to really benefit.

In addition to fibre, Swiss chard also contains a number of other nutrients, including vitamin K and antioxidants. Its name often gives a lot of misconceptions. Swiss chard is often grown in the Mediterranean and has no actual connection to Switzerland.

Spinach is another leafy green vegetable that is great for a diet high in fibre. This can often be found in both the fresh and frozen sections of many supermarkets.

Some research has found that frozen spinach might have more nutrients than its fresh counterpart. In particular, its vitamin C content has been noted as remaining high when frozen immediately after harvesting. Spinach can be used within several meals and eaten both raw and cooked.

During the colder months, it can be harvested from abroad, however, it is possible to grow spinach right here in the UK. This means that, if you have a garden or allotment available, you might very well be able to grow it yourself for consumption.

One food that you may not have considered to be high in fibre is popcorn. Unlike the sweet or salted varieties that you might buy at the cinema, the popcorn kernels themselves can contain around 13g of fibre for every 100g of substance. 

Likewise, microwaveable popcorn bags may have additives that reduce their nutritional content, so it can be better to steer clear of these. You might not even need to visit the supermarket to buy ready-made popcorn. Why not treat yourself to a popcorn maker, buy the kernels, and make it yourself at home? Adding cinnamon or other natural flavourings, as opposed to toffee, salt, or sugar, can help to keep it healthier for your body.

In Conclusion...

Finding a number of savoury and sweet foods that have a large amount of fibre can really help to improve your diet. Eating approximately 25g of fibre each day can help to keep you healthy, improve digestion, and even reduce the likelihood of you developing certain types of cancers.

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