Are you getting enough fibre in your diet? How do you know if you are? Well, you can take an intolerance test to make sure your diet is optimised for your own body. Studies show that most people with a certain FTO gene variation will generally maintain a good level of fibre in their diet.

Quick tips to enhancing your diet

Depending on your diet, and on the gene, the average intake should be around 25 to 30g of fibre a day. But how do you this? Take a look below at some of our quick and easy tips to getting more fibre into your diet:

  • Add plenty of vegetables into your meals. This sounds simple but you would be surprised at how many people do not consume vegetables with their meals. Have you ever heard of 5-a-day fruit and veg? You need to be eating lots of fruit with your meals as well. Some people prefer to start their day with a hearty and mixed breakfast, including apples, bananas and certain cereals.
  • You can also add certain pulses like beans, lentils, or even chickpeas to stews. This actually helps add variety and fibre to your meals, but it also makes it tasty. Soups, curries and salads are beneficial meals which will help you improve your understanding of your body. Nuts could also be beneficial to your diet unless you have an intolerance or allergy to nuts.
  • Choosing fresh fruit as a snack, as well as breakfast as we mentioned will also help you. A banana and some apples in the morning would be the perfect pick me up to quench your hunger and stop you tucking into that irresistible chocolate on the side. Plus, fresh fruit contains a lot of fibre, meaning it is just right for you.

If you are looking to make sure you have the ultimate healthy diet containing lots of fibre, guarantee that some of these foods make it on to your plate:

Wholegrain Cereals

Wholegrain Pasta

Wholegrain Bread

Oats

Barley

Pear

Chickpeas

Carrots

Broccoli

Oranges

Nuts and seeds and many more…

Why should you continue to add fibre to your diet?

Put simply, fibre is really good for your body. When fibre transits through your body, it contributes to a lot of processes like maintaining good gut health. Controlling blood levels and lowing cholesterols is important and is a major reason why you should add his essential ingredient to your diet.

For more information on intolerance testing and ensuring your diet is optimised correctly, log on to www.testyourintolerance.co.nz