Fibre is an important part of a healthy Balanced Diet. Dietary Fibre can be defined as the portions of food that are not digested or absorbed in the small intestine; unlike other food components (such as Fats, Proteins or Carbohydrates etc.) which human body breaks down & absorbs. Instead, it passes relatively intact through the Stomach, Small Intestine & Colon & out of human body.
Dietary fiber is also known as Roughage or Bulk. It is found mainly in Plant foods like - Fruits, Vegetables, Whole Grains, Legumes etc.
There are mainly two types of Fibre:
• Soluble Fibre (which dissolves in water)
• Insoluble Fibre (which does not dissolve in water)
Role of dietary fibre in improving digestive health
Dietary Fibre is known to have several proven health benefits. Digestive Health Improvement is one of the major ones.
Intake of Dietary Fibre provides benefits for Digestive Health that includes:
Regulation of Bowel Movement
A bulky stool is easier to pass which can decrease the chances of Constipation. Dietary Fibre increases the bulk & size of stool and helps to soften it. Along with that, Fibre promotes the regular bowel movement by helping to solidify the stool because it absorbs water and adds more bulk to stool.
Boosting up Good Bacteria
Human body cannot digest Dietary Fibre. But the good bacteria living in the gut can use this Fibre as fuel & play an important role for influencing health benefits. This process helps to boost up good bacteria which are needed for better health.
Dietary Fibre adds bulk to the daily diet & adding bulk can help to feel fuller. Since Fibre helps to slow the digestion process, it takes longer time to absorb from the foods & that feeling of fullness stays with the individuals much longer that helps to control hunger. It is a good weapon against snack cravings.