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Fiber for a Healthier You: Introduction to Gut-Friendly Pop

Fiber for a Healthier You: Introduction to Gut-Friendly Pop
Nicole Pope
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Introduction to Fibre: Everything You Need To Know

Did you know? Only 1 in 4 adults prioritise their gut health (1). A crazy statistic considering 70-80% of our immune tissue is in our gut (2). But, an even crazier statistic is that 90% of the population don’t eat enough fibre (3)!

One of the major players that supports our digestion is fibre. Fibre is an essential carbohydrate that the body can’t absorb and digest (4). Unlike other carbohydrates that are broken down into sugar molecules, fibre just passes through the body and helps regulate the body's use of sugars. Without the right amount of fibre we are putting ourselves at higher risk of illnesses and diseases.  

According to the NHS, adults should intake at least 30g of fibre a day and most of us are only getting 20g (5).  

5 Natural Sources Rich in Fibre

  1. Fruits 
  2. Vegetables
  3. Nuts and Seeds 
  4. Beans and Legumes 
  5. Grains 

1. Fruits

  • Raspberries: 1 cup of raspberries has 8g of fibre 
  • Prunes: 30g of prunes contains 2.3g of fibre 
  • Artichoke: A medium artichoke contains 7g of fibre 
  • Avocado:1 cup of avocado has 6.7g of fibre 

2. Vegetables 

  • Brussels sprouts: 3.3g of fibre per cup 
  • Kale: contains 4.1g of fibre per cup 
  • Sweet potatoes:  4g of fibre per cup

3. Nuts and Seeds 

If you ever find yourself looking for the perfect afternoon snack, grab yourself some mixed nuts and seeds and a can of Selfish and you can help your body get the right amount of fibre!  

  • Almonds: 10g of fibre per 100g
  • Hazelnuts: 10g of fibre per 100g
  • Chia Seeds: 34g of fibre per 100g
  • Pistachios: 10g of fibre per 100g

4. Beans and Legumes 

  • Kidney beans: 25g of fibre per in 100g 
  • Pinto beans: 16g of fibre per 100g
  • Chickpeas: 12.5g of fibre per cup of cooked chickpeas 
  • Lentils: 13.1g of fibre per cup of cooked lentils 

5. Grains 

  • Wholegrain rice: 3.5g in a cup of brown rice
  • Oats: 16.5g per cup of raw oats 
  • Wholegrain Bread: 2g of fibre in a slice of wheat bread

How Can Selfish Help With Your Fibre Intake?

So how can Selfish support you? Well, each can of Selfish has 5.2 grams of fibre, 19% of the recommended amount from the government. Fibre for each of our gut friendly prebiotic pop comes from chicory root.  

Chicory root is from the herbaceous plant, often seen with bright blue flowers. It is well known for being one of the vegetables with the highest fibre content and prebiotic qualities meaning chicory root has many digestive health benefits (6).  

Chicory root has been used for hundreds of years, originally native to European countries like the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Germany, it has been a popular plant used for medicinal purposes and sometimes added or substituted to coffee to reduce the bitterness (7).  

In addition to its digestive health benefits, chicory root also offers a range of other advantages. It contains a compound called inulin, which acts as a prebiotic, nourishing the beneficial bacteria in our gut (8). By promoting the growth of these good bacteria, chicory root supports a healthy gut microbiome, which plays a crucial role in our overall well-being, from digestion to immune function (9).

Furthermore, chicory root has been studied for its potential anti-inflammatory properties and its ability to aid in weight management by promoting feelings of fullness (10). With its rich history and numerous health benefits, chicory root is a valuable ingredient in Selfish, providing you with a tasty and nutritious beverage option.

What Are Prebiotics? 

Prebiotics is essentially just a fancy word for fibre. Prebiotics are essential for your overall health as they improve the balance of microorganisms in your gut which can help certain conditions like IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). 

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Tips To Reach Your Recommended Fibre Intake 

We understand it can be difficult to adjust your diet to incorporate the right amount of fibre, but there are simple steps you can take. Here’s a full day of eating high fibre meals. 

Fibre at Breakfast 

  • 2 thick pieces of whole wheat bread 
  • 1 avocado  
  • 2 eggs 

Fibre at Lunch 

  • Jacket potato 
  • Baked beans  
  • 1 pear 
  • 1 can of selfish 

Fibre at Dinner 

  • Lentil curry 
  • Quinoa  
  • Sweet potato 
  • Broccoli
  • Dark chocolate (70-85% cocoa and avoid ones with lots of added sugar, you’re only damaging your gut!) 

These meals will total up to around 57g of fibre, see how easy it is! If you’re looking for a snack, try mixed nuts and wash it down with a Selfish soda to add extra source of fibre to your day to day.  

FAQ 

What is fibre?

Fibre is a popular form of carbohydrate often found in plant food like fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts and wholegrains. Fibre is an essential part of a healthy diet that our bodies aren't able to digest but is an important player in regulating our body's use of sugar and supporting our digestive system.

How much fibre should I eat a day?

As an adult, the government recommends getting at least 30g of fibre a day. Are you getting enough?

Why is my gut health important? 

Your gut can heavily impact your daily life, whether it be your mood, your physical health or your immunity. Issues with gut health can increase the risk of chronic conditions because your gut determines how your body manages the nutrients and minerals from the food you consume and therefore can lead to uncomfortable situations.

How does fibre benefit heart health?

Fibre lowers cholesterol and reduces heart disease risk. Soluble fibre in oats, legumes, and fruits binds cholesterol, leading to lower LDL levels.

Can fibre reduce blood pressure and prevent heart disease?

Yes, a high-fibre diet may lower blood pressure and reduce heart disease risk. Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains support heart health.

Best fibre-rich foods for a healthy heart?

Choose oats, legumes, fruits (apples, berries), and whole grains for heart health and weight management.

How much fibre is needed for a healthy heart?

Aim for at least 30g of fibre daily. Include a variety of fibre-rich foods in your diet.

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