Speak to your Dietitian if you do not tolerate fibre well or if you have digestive problems like peptic ulcer, irritable bowel syndrome, gastro oesophageal reflux disease and other.

Fibre is either soluble or insoluble. Soluble fibre is known to have cholesterol-lowering properties. Soluble fibre is especially found in foods like oats, fruit, vegetables, beans and split peas, gram dhal, lentils, chickpeas and fresh salads.

Ensure that these foods make up a large part of your meals:

  • Vegetables

  • Fruit

  • Whole-wheat and wholegrain products

  • High fibre cereals

  • Pasta, rice, grains and legumes and are good sources in fibre and starch and low are in fat.

  • Avoid adding high fat foods to these foods like do not add butter to your vegetables/rice.

Adequate fibre in the diet is essential to prevent constipation, keep your digestive system regular and healthy. Together with increasing your fibre intake, you need to increase you intake of fluid.

Drink lots of water daily, at least 2 litres or more depending on how much you are exercising. Check with your doctor for your specific fluid allowance.

Your doctor should also advise you on taking a good probiotic and optimizing fluid intake will help you digest and tolerate fibre in your diet.

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