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Spotlight on Fibre

Feb 27, 2020

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 Active with Fibre into your daily routine? Available in two delicious flavours, Sustagen® Hospital Formula Active with Fibre is a nutritionally complete oral supplement, which also contains 4.1g dietary fibre per serve.

References:

1 Dietitians Association of Australia. Dietary fibre: key for a happy, healthy gut. Retrieved on 18/02/2020 from https://daa.asn.au/smart-eating-for-you/smart-eating-fast-facts/nourishing-nutrients/dietary-fibre-a-key-ingredient-in-gut-happiness/

2 NCBI. 2018. Dietary Fibre Intake in Australia. Paper I: Associations with Demographic, Socio-Economic, and Anthropometric Factors. Retrieved on 4.2.20 from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5986479/

3 NHMRC. 2017. Nutrient Reference Values for Australia and New Zealand; Summary. Retrieved on 4.2.20 from https://www.nrv.gov.au/chronic-disease/summary

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