Getting enough fibre is easier than you think
(NC)—Fibre plays a vital role in a healthy diet, but most of us get about half the recommended amount. According to the dietitians of Canada, the average woman needs 21 grams of fibre a day and the average man needs 38 grams a day, yet getting enough is a daunting task for most Canadians. For example, 38 grams of fibre is equivalent to 9 1/2 cups of broccoli.
Despite this, it's important to remember that even small changes, like building meals around whole grains, can make a big difference in reaching the recommended level of fibre intake.
“For those who are finding it a challenge to get enough fibre from food sources, consider adding a fibre supplement like Metamucil to your routine,” suggests Dr. Lawrie Graham, family physician. “When used as directed, it's a simple way to increase your daily fibre intake, and it can help lower mild to moderately elevated cholesterol levels when used as directed.”
More information on fibre intake and lowering your cholesterol is available online at www.loweryourcholesterol.ca.