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Getting Enough?Men and women of all ages need different amounts of fibre. Chances are you aren't getting enough - find out here.
Fibre Rich FoodsAdding more fibre to your diet is easy. Visit this section to see what fibre rich foods to incorporate into your daily routine.
A general recommendation for adults is 25-35 grams of dietary fibre per day. Children need fibre too, different amounts depending on the child's age and how much they eat. The chart below shows specific recommendations, however, it is not practical or necessary for most people to be counting fibre daily. Just know what foods are good sources of fibre and enjoy eating those more often!
When increasing the fibre in your diet, start gradually. Too much fibre too quickly can cause discomfort. To use an interactive fibre tracking tool, click here.
Remember to drink plenty of fluids daily with a high fibre diet (i.e. juice, milk, soup and especially water). Fluids help your body to use fibre properly.
Here are some quick and easy ways to boost your fibre intake:
1. Start your day with a fibre-rich cereal: oat bran, bran flakes or oatmeal.
2. Top off your high-fibre cereal with a scoop of raisins, a sliced banana or some orange sections.
3. Take a high-fibre bran or oatmeal muffin to lunch. It's even better if it contains fruit like apples, apricots, raisins or dates.
4. Fibre-boost your salads with carrots, apple slices, dried fruit, raw broccoli and cauliflower pieces, chickpeas (garbanzo beans) and kidney beans. You can also add All-Bran buds as a topper.
5. Choose whole grain breads as often as possible.
6. Load up your plate with extra vegetables.
7. Work some beans and peas into your meals.try split pea soup, baked beans, three-bean salad or chili.
8. Try hummus (chickpea spread) in a pita pocket; have lima beans for dinner.
9. Add green peas to casseroles, stir-fry meals, rice or noodles.
10. Boost the fibre in casseroles and mixed dishes by tossing in a handful of oat bran, wheat bran or a crunchy high-fibre cereal.
11. Snack on fibre-filled fruits: pears, raspberries, apples, oranges, nectarines and bananas.
12. Have a sweet tooth? Cookies such as sultana raisin cookies or fig bars offer some fibre. A real winner is a homemade oatmeal and raisin cookie.
13. When a recipe calls for 1 cup of flour, use 2/3 cup white flour and 1/3 cup oat bran or whole wheat flour.
14. Whenever possible, for maximum fibre, eat the whole fruit or vegetable (including its skin).
* Increase the fibre in your diet slowly. Eat fibre often to reduce gas and bloating.
* Drink at least six to eight cups (2 L) of fluid such as water, juice, milk, or soup each day. Fibre holds fluid, which keeps stools soft.
* Eat regular meals and snacks to keep food moving through your bowel.
* Establish a routine and allow enough time for bowel movements.
* Exercise - physical activity promotes regular bowel function. Increase the Fibre in Your Diet * Choose whole grain breads, cereals and crackers, whole wheat pasta, bulgur, quinoa and brown rice.
* Eat a high fibre cereal every day, either on its own or with another favourite cereal.
* Add bran or wheat germ to hamburger patties, coating mixes, casseroles, cookies, cereals, or eat a high fibre cereal every day, either on its own or mixed with another cereal.
* Replace half the flour in baking with whole wheat or oat flour.
* Add raisins, bananas, or strawberries to your cereal.
* Add fruit to muffins and cookies.
* Choose vegetables or fruit at every meal and snack. A Food Guide serving is 1/2 cup (125 mL) or one whole vegetable or fruit. Eat the skins or peels where appropriate.
* Use prunes or prune juice in small amounts. Prunes and prune juice contain a natural laxative. Don't use them too often or in large amounts as they may cause a lazy bowel.
* Eat more legumes, such as cooked dried peas, beans, and lentils.
* Add kidney beans, chickpeas, and lentils to casseroles, salads, and spaghetti sauce.
* Use extra vegetables in casseroles, on pizza, or in salads. Add carrots, green peppers, broccoli, spinach, corn, or peas to your recipes.
* Enjoy stir-fried vegetables more often.
* Add 1 to 2 tbsp. (15-30 mL) ground flaxseed to cereal, applesauce, pudding, or in juice. Bulk up with these 10 tips for increasing your fiber intake.
* Start slowly, add a little each day and build up to the recommended level. Simultaneously, add more water to your diet.
* Eat vegetables and fruit raw whenever possible. Boiling them too long, for example, can cause up to one-half of the fiber to be lost in the water. Steam or stir-fry them if you have to cook.
* Pureeing doesn't destroy fiber, but juice does not have the fiber of the whole fruit if the pulp has been strained away.
* Always start your day with a bowl of high-fiber cereal -- one that has five or more grams per serving.
* Put fresh fruit on top of your high-fiber cereal to add another 1 g or 2 g of fiber.
* Buy and eat only whole grains. The operative word is "whole." Look for it on the ingredient panel. Wheat bread doesn't mean whole-wheat bread. On average, a slice of whole-wheat bread has 2 g to 3 g of fiber. Choose whole- wheat pasta instead of white, etc.
* Add beans to salads, soups and stews.
* Add bran cereal to muffins, breads and casseroles. Substitute oat bran for one-third of the all-purpose flour in baking.
* When you eat out, ask for fresh fruit instead of dessert.
* Have fruit or fresh vegetables for between-meal snacks.
Fibre Supplements and Laxatives
* Concentrated fibre sources such as Metamucil or plain Prodiem are safe to use regularly. Start with a half or quarter dose and increase gradually. Drink lots of fluids.
* Another way to get the fibre you need is to use an herbal cleanser once or twice a year. Some of the best natural cleansers use psyllium fibre husks which are both powerful and gentle.
* Commercial laxatives should not be used long-term. Some laxatives can damage the bowels.
* See your doctor if constipation is a big problem for you or if you notice a change in your usual bowel pattern.