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Fibre: What is It and Why Do I Need It?

April 15, 2023

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Garden of Vegan offers high-fibre plant-based meals, produce boxes and pantry items to help you increase your fibre.

About fibre:

Dietary fibre or roughage is the portion of plant-derived food that cannot be completely broken down or digested by human digestive enzymes. Dietary fibres are components of plant-based foods, such as legumes, whole grains and cereals, vegetables, fruits, nuts or seeds.

Why do we need fibre? Why is fibre so important to the body?

In simple terms, dietary fibre aids in regular bowel movements. And, regular bowel movements are a good indicator of a well-functioning, healthy body.

As fibre passes relatively intact (non-digested) through your stomach, intestines and out of your body, dietary fibre intake is best known to reduce constipation.

A diet high in regular fibre consumption is generally associated with supporting health and lowering the risk of several diseases. And research has shown, a diet rich in dietary fibre and whole grains may lower rates of coronary heart disease, colon cancer, and type 2 diabetes.1

Garden of Vegan's healthy, organic meals make it easy to increase your fibre intake with our healthy and delicious meals.

Garden of Vegan creates chef-designed meals that are high in fibre that include a range of cuisines with beans, lentils, peas, whole grains, nuts and seeds!

Fruit, vegetables and nuts have fibre too!

Many fruits are high in fibre such as raspberries, pears, apples with skin intact, oranges, bananas and more. Nuts and seeds have fibre as well. So, in addition to our healthy meals, you can increase your fibre by ordering our fruit and vegetable produce boxes or nuts from our pantry items.

Can one have too much fibre?

Most people don't get enough fibre and according to Healthline, "The recommended daily intake of fibre is 25 grams per day for women and 38 grams per day for men. However, some experts estimate as much as 95 percent of the population doesn’t ingest this much fibre." However, if one eats too much fibre, one might experience some minor symptoms like bloating or gas and as one reduces their fibre intake those symptoms can dissipate. 2

Garden of Vegan's NDIS participants can also increase their fibre intake with our healthy meals.

Eligible NDIS participants can take advantage of healthy, high-fibre meals and only pay for the food cost component of the meals they order. NDIS Participants and NDIS plan managers learn more about Garden of Vegan NDIS plans, fill out our NDIS form and we'll contact you soon as possible.

Take control of your nutrition and fibre intake by feeding your body healthy plant-based foods and have Garden of Vegan deliver healthy, delicious vegan food direct to your door.

Try our Garden of Vegan meal plans

Visit our Meal Plans to Suit Your Lifestyle section and select a nutritional meal plan to assist you with your health goals including weight loss, improving performance, detox and cleansing, and more.

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References:
1. Carbohydrate quality and human health: a series of systematic reviews and meta-analyses - The Lancet
2. Can You Actually Ingest Too Much Fiber? - healthline
3. Dietary fiber: Essential for a healthy diet - Mayo Clinic

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