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Spotlight on Fibre

Dietary fibre plays an important role in achieving and maintaining healthy gut function. Evidence also suggests that consuming adequate fibre in our diet also helps achieve and maintain a healthy weight1.

Despite these benefits, less than 29% of adults in Australia meet the recommended intake of fibre in the 2011–2012 National Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey2.

How much fibre do I need?

The recommendation daily intake of fibre for adults, to maintain a good level of health is between 25g and 30g of fibre each3.

Where can I find fibre?

Fibre is the part of your food which resists the digestion process. It moves through your stomach and small intestine largely unchanged to the large intestine where it is fermented by your friendly gut bacteria. There are two types of fibre, soluble and insoluble.

Soluble fibres are found in fruits, vegetables, oat bran, barley, lentils and pulses, while good sources of insoluble fibre include wholegrain cereals, brown rice and the skin of fruits and vegetables1.

Hint: If you find it difficult to include enough fibre into your diet, why not try adding SUSTAGEN Hospital Formula with Fibre into your daily routine? Available in two delicious flavours, SUSTAGEN Hospital Formula with Fibre is a nutritionally complete oral supplement, which also contains 4.1g dietary fibre per serve.


1 Dietitians Association of Australia. Dietary fibre: key for a happy, healthy gut. Retrieved on 18/02/2020 from

2 NCBI. 2018. Dietary Fibre Intake in Australia. Paper I: Associations with Demographic, Socio-Economic, and Anthropometric Factors. Retrieved on 4.2.20 from

3 NHMRC. 2017. Nutrient Reference Values for Australia and New Zealand; Summary. Retrieved on 4.2.20 from


Consume as part of a varied and balanced diet and healthy lifestyle. SUSTAGEN® Hospital Formula and SUSTAGEN® Hospital Formula Plus fibre are a formulated meal replacement and cannot be used as a total diet replacement. SUSTAGEN® Collagen, SUSTAGEN® Everyday and SUSTAGEN® Ready to Drink are Formulated Supplementary Foods which can be of assistance where dietary intakes of nutrients and energy may not be adequate. SUSTAGEN® OPTIMUM™ is a Food for Special Medical Purpose, specially formulated for medical conditions where nutritional needs cannot be met through diet modification alone. Must be used under the supervision of a healthcare professional. SUSTAGEN® Sport is a Formulated Supplementary Sports Food which must be consumed in conjunction with a nutritious diet, not as a sole source of nutrition and should be used in conjunction with an appropriate physical training or exercise program. Not suitable for children under 15 years of age or pregnant women. Should only be used under medical or dietetic supervision. The advice given here is intended as a general guideline only and is not intended to replace the advice of a healthcare professional. Nutritional supplements can only be of assistance where dietary intake is inadequate. Please seek advice on your individual needs from an Accredited Practicing Dietitian or your healthcare professional.