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Types Of Fibre

Discussion in 'Healthy Living' started by spandhana, Sep 3, 2007.

  1. spandhana

    spandhana Bronze IL'ite

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    Dietary fibre is essential for good health. Legumes, vegetables, fruits, cereals like rice, wheat, millet, barley etc. are rich in fibre content. Among vegetables, peas, carrots, potatoes, sweet corn and leafy vegetables are all rich in fibre.
    Fibre helps to reduce cholesterol. It helps to reduce constipation and also regularises bowel movement. A small quantity of fibre is essential in our daily diet.
    Studies show that fibres can be categorised into several classes.

    Cellulose
    This is the most commonly found fibre. Cellulose can be found in beans, vegetables, fruits, bran, nuts and seeds. Researchers say that cellulose helps to regularise the glucose in the blood and also helps to reduce weight. It helps to soften motion/stool and therefore aids regular bowel movement.

    Legnin
    This can be found in cereals, spinach, tomatoes, whole-meal flour, cabbage etc.

    Pectin
    This can be found in apples, bran, papaya (raw), oranges, grapes, berries etc. It helps to reduce serum cholesterol levels.

    Gums and Mucilage
    These are found in oatmeal, dried beans and oat bran. Studies have shown that it aids in reducing cholesterol and in controlling diabetes through diet. These are sticky fibres.

    Hemicellulose
    It is present wherever cellulose is found. Like cellulose, hemicellulose helps in relieving constipation and also in reducing weight. Both cellulose and hemicellulose bring about changes in the bacterial breakdown in the intestines.

    Fibre content in food can be increased with incorporation of wholemeal breads, peas, lentils, root vegetables and fruits like dates, apples, bananas, pears
     
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  2. puni88

    puni88 Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    Good information...
    Thanks for posting!!
     
  3. Shanvy

    Shanvy IL Hall of Fame

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    REally enlighting.
    Thanks for sharing.
     

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