Just like sugars and other starches, fibre is a type of carbohydrate. However, our bodies do not break it down. This means eating fibre doesn’t really contribute any calories.
Carbohydrates are the number one nutrient that has the biggest impact on our blood glucose. Although on a nutrition label, fibre is found under the carbohydrate intake, it is important to note that fibre does not have any effect on our blood glucose levels. Because it is not broken down by the body, there is no effect on blood glucose levels. There can’t be. Fibre does not get digested. The grams of fibre found under the carbohydrates, can actually be taken away from the total grams of carbohydrate if you are counting carbohydrates for meal planning. This is a plus.
Fibre does not affect blood glucose levels. Fibre is good for people with diabetes. Of course, most of the time, when we eat foods containing fibre, they also contain other types of carbohydrates such as sugar or starch. Examples include grainy cereals and fruit. These carbohydrates need to be accounted for.
Half of us do not eat enough fibre. Did you know, we should eat between 20-35 grams of fibre everyday! It is especially important for those with diabetes to eat fibre. Soluble fibre especially, when enough is consumed has been found to control blood glucose levels amongst those with diabetes.
Another benefit of fibre is that it adds bulk to our meals, helping keep us full. This is necessary for weight loss. So with these benefits, it is important to eat fibre. You can get fibre by eating: whole grain breads and cereals fruits vegetables and legumes. Remember to drink enough water when you increase your fibre to prevent constipation.
Disclaimer: Results may vary. Exercise and proper diet are necessary to achieve and maintain weight loss. Consult with your health care processional before beginning any diet or exercise regime.