Dietary Fibre – why your Heart Loves it

August 24, 2013 in Fruits

Dietary Fibre in Fruits for Better HealthQuoted from – WebMD [Read Article Here]

You probably already know that fibre helps with digestion. Did you know it can have big benefits for your heart health too?

“Studies have shown that foods that have a lot of fibre are clearly associated with lower risk of heart disease,” says Alice H. Lichtenstein, DSc, American Heart Association spokeswoman and director of the cardiovascular nutrition research program at Tufts University’s Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging.

Dietary fibre, which can be found in vegetables, fruit, lentils and pulses, plays a vital role in reducing our risk of heart disease and other diet-related illnesses such as colorectal cancer which is the Number 1 Cancer in Singapore. In particular, soluble fibre, such as that found in oats, has a protective effect on the heart as it helps to reduce the amount of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol in the blood.

To maintain good health, we should eat 20-35 g of fibre daily. Good sources of fibre include:

  • oats
  • fruit, especially guava, jackfruit and banana
  • brown rice
  • vegetables, especially leafy and root vegetables
  • wholemeal products (for instance, wholemeal and multi-grain bread)
  • lentils and pulses (for instance, kidney beans, chick peas, red beans).

Ambrosia Ventures Office Fruit Box solutions encourages consumption of More Fibre by eating more fruits (with the skin). Many people prefer to peel the skin, but do not realize that they are throwing away valuable soluble fibre that’s really good for their heart, vital phytonutrients, complex carbohydrates (that provides energy), and a large amounts of Antioxidants. [Read the research]

So before you start peeling your apple or pear stop – you could be throwing away the good stuff.