Daily requirements and nutritional balance
Our diet is unbalanced if it contains more energy than we need for our daily requirements, and if it lacks enough fruit and vegetables. The recommended daily intake of fibre is between 25 g and 30 g. At least 25 g a day is recommended for a balanced diet. This can easily be achieved by eating a varied diet, including uncooked vegetables, cooked green vegetables, fruit, cereals and pulses.
Why don’t we eat enough fibre?
Because our eating habits have changed so much over the past century. Today, we eat less bread and cereals, but more meat and dairy products. To make things worse, the use of refined flours has also contributed to our falling daily intake of fibre.
How can we eat more fibre?
Easy! Simply eat vegetable products every day, ensuring that you eat a variety to enjoy their wholesome benefits. Eat, for example, cereals containing bran or wholegrains, wholemeal or rye bread, fresh fruit, pulses (peas, beans, lentils) and green vegetables. The skin of fruit and vegetables is richest in fibre, so try to keep as much of it as possible!
Today, many common food products have added fibre to re-balance their nutritional composition and help improve our intestinal health. Remember to read the label!