Dietary fibre and wholegrains offer numerous health benefits, including good digestive health. But do you know how much you should be eating each day for good health?
In 2015 the UK SACN (Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition) published its 'Report on Carbohydrates and Health', and recommended an intake of 30g of fibre a day. Diet surveys over recent years have repeatedly shown that in the UK our fibre intakes are considerably lower than recommended. So how can you increase your dietary fibre intake? Firstly, it is wise to increase fibre gradually and drink plenty of fluids so that your gut can get used to the change. Secondly, to achieve recommended amounts of fibre you will need to increase the wholegrains in your daily diet.
Here are a few tips:
Children aged 2 – 5 years 15g/day
Children aged 5 – 11 years 20g/day
Children aged 11 – 16 years 25g/day
16 years and older 30g/day
For more information about wholegrains and how to include them in your daily diet visit: https://www.bda.uk.com/foodfacts/wholegrains.pdf
Reference: SACN (2015) Carbohydrates and Health www.gov.uk/government/groups/scientific-advisory-committee-on-nutrition