Gut health and fibre
Keep your gut happy with fibre
We all know that fibre helps keep your digestive system working the way it ought to. But did you know there are three different types of dietary fibre, and you need them all to stay healthy?
Different foods have varying amounts of these types of fibre. For example, our oats are specially selected for their levels of a soluble fibre known as beta-glucan.
Three kinds of fibre, three different functions
Oats contain a special type of natural soluble fibre called beta-glucan. Studies show that eating about 3g of beta-glucan a day as part of a healthy diet low in saturated fat can help lower your blood cholesterol. And Uncle Tobys® oats are specially bred for their beta-glucan content to help you lower your cholesterol and contribute to keeping your heart healthy.
Insoluble fibre absorbs water and helps soften the bowel’s contents.
Resistant starch is not digested in the small intestine. It moves on to the large intestine, where it feeds good bacteria.
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Keeping your gut healthy
A healthy gut is a happy gut, and having a well-functioning digestive system is vital to your overall health and wellbeing. But deep down, do you really know what’s going on inside you? If your large and small intestines (together known as your gut) aren’t working properly, you may not be able to absorb nutrients properly, leaving you undernourished and low in energy.
Four tips for better digestion
1. Get plenty of fibre
Fibre works as a natural lubricant for your gut, keeping things moving along nicely. Whole grains, fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts and seeds are all good sources of fibre.
2. Give fermented foods a go
Fermented foods like yoghurt, miso, kombucha and sauerkraut contain probiotics – active micro-organisms in the gut. Eating fermented foods tops up your gut’s probiotics and helps it do its work.
3. Keep your probiotics fueled up
The probiotics in your gut feed on prebiotics, a type of fibre found in chicory root, beans, wheat, bran, oats, garlic, onions, leeks, bananas and asparagus. Eating plenty of these foods will keep your probiotics happily digesting.
4. Embrace a varied diet
Eating a wide range of foods helps you get enough of the three types of fibre your gut needs – insoluble, soluble and resistant starches.