When advised about healthy eating, a diet which is high in fibre is always recommended as fibre is an important element in our recommended nutrition.
Fibre or otherwise known as roughage, traditionally forms part of the carbohydrate group of foods. It includes the parts of plant foods your body can’t digest or absorb. Instead, it passes through the body undigested, keeping your digestive system clean and healthy, easing bowel movements, and flushing cholesterol and harmful carcinogens out of the body.
Why should we include fibre in our diet? Fibre has significant health benefits for our bodies and health.
Fibre Boosts Digestive Health – it normalizes bowel movements by bulking up stools and making them easier to pass. This can help relieve and prevent both constipation and diarrhoea.
Fibre is good for heart health. Fibre, particularly soluble fibre, is an important element of any heart healthy diet. Eating a diet high in fibre can improve cholesterol levels by lowering LDL i.e. bad cholesterol. A high fibre intake can also reduce your risk for metabolic syndrome, a group of risk factors linked to coronary heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. Fibre can also help to lower blood pressure, reduce inflammation, improve levels of HDL (good) cholesterol, and shed excess weight around the abdomen.
Fibre promotes weight loss – As well as aiding digestion and preventing constipation, fibre adds bulk to your diet, a key factor in both losing and maintaining a healthy weight. Adding bulk can help you feel full sooner. Since fibre stays in the stomach longer than other foods, that feeling of fullness will stay with you much longer, helping you to eat less which promotes weight loss.
I get my fibre from all the above and I usually switch between oats or bread for breakfast and I usually opt for wholewheat bread. I love bread, I mean who doesn’t? I know that most of are scared of eating bread, mainly because over the years carbs have developed a negative reputation, however carbs are not created equal and one can still lose weight while eating bread.
Any good diet contains all three macronutrients which are healthy carbohydrates, protein and fats and bread falls within healthy carbs. Bread can be good for your health and I recommend having Low GI whole-wheat bread, as it is healthy and is a great way to get your fibre in for the day.
SASKO has recently launched their LOW GI bread range with it’s special ingredients that provides added health benefits which are rich in vitamins and minerals and more importantly, it is high in fibre and comes in 5 different flavours. The 5 variants include Seeded Whole Wheat Brown Bread, Whole Wheat Brown Bread, Oats and Honey-flavoured White Bread, Multi-seed Cranberry, Brown Bread and Linseed Bread.
I have given the SASKO bread a try over the past few days post the #DetoxWithJua Challenge and I give them a thumbs up! My absolute 2 favourite and go to variants from the range are Seeded Whole Wheat Brown Bread and the Whole Wheat Brown Bread. The SASKO low GI whole-wheat brown bread is loaded with goodness, without compromising on taste. A single serving of the Low GI bread contains approximately 3.6g of fibre, as well as many vitamins and minerals and this loaf has only 247 calories in every 2 slices which is pretty low. I highly recommend it if you are in the process of adding healthy carbs to your diet and if you are also in the process of tracking the amount of calories you consume a day and looking for food that’s wholesome, delicious and low in calories!