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This single macronutrient key to healthy blood sugar levels, gut health and more

by , 03 January 2018
This single macronutrient key to healthy blood sugar levels, gut health and more
When it comes to nutrition, we tend to keep things simple and break it down into pieces: Protein, carbohydrates, fat and so on. But there's so much more to eating a healthy diet than consuming an appropriate amount of macronutrients to keep your blood sugar levels, gut health and other aspects of your health in check.

In our modern day diet, there's one nutrient that's causing some serious problems - and it's neither carbs nor fibre. The one nutrient we all need to take inventory of is (drumroll)… fibre! Don't believe it? The average South African gets between 10 and 15 g of fibre a day, even though the daily recommended intake is 30 to 50 g.

So why is dietary fibre so important to your health and how can you get more of it? Read on to find out.

The health benefits that fibre provides are plentiful...

Fibre affects many aspects of your health, including your digestive system, gut microbiome, blood sugar levels, appetite and energy levels. Insufficient levels of fibre can even up your risk for certain chronic diseases!
On the other hand, eating a diet high in fibre comes with many benefits, including improved bowel health, lowered bad cholesterol levels, controlled blood sugar levels and assistance with healthy weight loss.
So how can you start getting more fibre in your diet ASAP?


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Why dietary fibre is more beneficial than supplements

A fibre supplement is naturally where our minds go first – but this isn’t the right answer. Fibre from whole food sources, in which soluble and insoluble fibre is delivered in natural ratios, is your best bet when it comes to upping your intake.
Foods that are rich in fibre include fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and grains. Another prominent (and often underutilised) source is beans. Wondering how to wiggle more beans into your diet? Here’s a great (and totally delicious) pudding recipe to try!

Try this fibre-rich chocolate and cherry pudding recipe

This indulgent pudding will satisfy your sweet tooth while giving your health its fibre fix.
  • 1½ cups black beans (canned or home-cooked)
  • ½ cup dark cherries (fresh or frozen)
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup + 3 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 large medjool dates, pits removed
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup or agave
  • 2 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Garnish: Additional hemp seeds and cherries
  1. Add all of the ingredients to a high-speed blender or food processor and blend until smooth. If you’re using a food processor, be sure to scrape the sides periodically.
  2. Refrigerate the mixture until needed. When you’re ready to serve it, garnish with additional hemp seeds and cherries and then serve immediately.
Recipe source: Mindbodygreen.com
This tasty pudding will help stabilise your blood sugar levels, boost your mental and physical energy, and show you gut some love.

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