Saturday, February 09, 2008

Dietary Fibre

Since my husband had a mild stroke, I became more conscious of the importance of fibre in our everyday food intake. That is why fruits and vegetables are prominently placed in our refrigerator.
What is fibre for? Well, fibre especially soluble fibre can help to reduce your blood cholesterol. Soluble fibre is present in foods such as wholegrains, oats, barley, legumes, fruits and vegetables.
My husband's dietician has given us tips on how to include more fibre in our diet. Here they are:
Eat at least 2 portions of fruits and vegetables a day.
Choose unpolished rice, wholemail or multigrain bread, oatmeal and branflakes.
Include legumes such as peas, kidney beans,chickpeas, longbeans and dhal in dishes and soups.
Try to replace meat with legumes in your soups and dishes on some days.
Have fruits as snacks instead of potato chips, ckes and kuehs.
Ask and pay for more vegetables when eating out.