Daily News: Nutrition

Get slimmer with fibre

DNA : Daily News & Analysis (India)

06-27-14

"High-, -rich- these are the words that come in our minds whenever we talk about healthy diets. But what exactly is , and why is it so important to have it in our diets?

is best known for helping to keep food moving efficiently through your body. It is the indigestible part of the plant food, which water and eases bowel movement. ", which is also known as roughage helps to clear the digestive track easily with added benefits of weight loss and healthy skin," explains Dr Akriti Sharma, dietician at Diet Mantra. "People suffering from diabetes or obesity can switch to fibrous food items to see visible differences," she adds. Consumption of rich food items also checks high cholesterol. Legumes and pulses are good sources of , informs Dr Astha Khungar, chief dietician,

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Where is found? Dietary are naturally found in the plants we eat, informs dieticians. One of the easiest ways to intake is to consume bran. Oat, wheat, corn and rice bran can help prevent constipation. You can always add a dash of bran to pancakes or muffins to make them savoury and healthy. Kidney, black beans, yellow and green beans are high in content. Berries too are a good source of . Frozen or raw berries yield huge benefits. Nuts and edible seeds are rich in too. Almonds, pistachio nuts, flax and pumpkins seeds are a few examples. One of the easiest ways to get the goodness of is to consume whole grains like wheat flour, barley, oats and millets. If you are not a big fan of grains and beans than eat as much fruits as you can to cover up the need of your daily dose of . Green leafy vegetables like spinach are a healthy option too.

So, gorge on regularly and see the difference!

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