Never Mind ‘Superfoods’ Get ‘Supernutrients’ Instead
(NC)—Almost all Canadians are aware of the health benefits of fibre for cardiovascular (98 per cent) and digestive health (88 per cent), according to a recent survey commissioned by Kellogg Canada. Yet only 16 per cent say they are getting the Daily Recommended Intake. Fibre not only helps lower bad cholesterol and maintain blood sugar levels, it helps keep the digestive system healthy so our bodies can absorb the required nutrients and turn our food into energy. Here are some tips for choosing foods that are high in dietary fibre: Check the Nutrition Facts:
Don’t assume “whole grain” means that something is a high source of dietary fibre. It’s important to check the Nutrition Facts table on food packages for the grams of fibre per serving when choosing products to ensure you are getting the fibre need. While whole grain consumption is an important contributor to health, studies reveal that the fibre within whole grains may have the greatest health benefit.
Know what to look for:
A “source of fibre” provides at least 2 grams per serving, a “high source of fibre” provides at least 4 grams per serving and a “very high source of fibre” provides at least 6 grams per serving.
Know your body:
Everyone needs daily fibre to help maintain a healthy heart and stay regular, but the required amounts of fibre vary by age and gender.
Men over 50 years of age require 30 grams of fibre per day, whereas men 50 years and younger, typically need 38 grams per day.
On the other hand, women over 50 years of age require 21 grams, but women 50 years and younger need about 26.
The recommended daily intake for children varies from 19 to 31 grams depending on age and gender.
More information is available online at www.kelloggsnutrition.ca.