While it has long been known that fibre is good for weight loss, did you know that there are different types of fibre?
What are the 2 types of fibre?
Dietary fibre is made up of 2 types; water soluble and water insoluble. They both help regulate different bodily functions.
Soluble fibre for instance can be broken down by the water in your body, which is then passed through your digestive tract, fermented and then turned into various products that can help regulate:
- Blood sugar levels
- Blood pressure
- Heart health
- Your weight
Most experts would recommend that you increase your intake of dietary fibre if you are trying to lose weight. This is often because it can help you to feel fuller for longer.
Scientific research on the benefits of soluble fibre
In a new study undertaken at Georgia State University (published in the journal American Journal of Physiology) it was shown that a diet that was lacking in soluble fibre was likely to cause inflammation in the intestines, and general poor gut health.
It was concluded that this could lead to weight gain.
However, if you were to incorporate some soluble fibre into your diet then your gut health could be restored to normal.
Researchers who conducted the study stated:
“If our observations were to prove applicable to humans, it would suggest that encouraging consumption of foods with high soluble fibre content may be a means to combat the epidemic of metabolic disease.”
Where to get fibre from?
To increase your intake of fibre or to be more specific soluble fibre then you need to be eating more fruit, vegetables and whole grains.
Some of the best sources of fibre are:
As you can see these are all found in plants, so those tips to eat more fruit and vegetables were right all along.