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- Tips for Healthy Eating Throughout the “Silly Season”
- Almonds – a great source of vitamin E.
- Protein Emerging as an Important Bone Health Factor.
- Be Inspired - Feel Fabulous!
- To Drink or Not To Drink?
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- What to do when your weight loss stalls?
- Low Carb Versus Low Fat.
- Hunger & Cravings…
- A High Protein Diet Can Boost Bone Health.
- Empower Your Body to Empower Your Mind.
- It’s Not Just What You Eat, But When.
- One Simple Step to Combat Emotional Eating.
- The Evolutionary Long-Jump – So What Should We Really Be Eating?
- Researchers say low-carbohydrate diets more effective in weight management.
- People who eat breakfast are significantly less likely to be obese and diabetic than those who don't
- Why Low Fat Diets Fail.
- Is “Diet” a Dirty Word?
- Atkins Diet May Cut Risk of Heart Disease
- More Studies Endorse the Low Carb Diet.
- What is the Glycemic Index?
- The Importance of Exercise.
- Scientific Review - Novel Treatments for Obesity.
- Mental Attitude to Weight Loss
- Diet and the development of the insulin resistance syndrome.
- Insulin and your health
- Weight gain - Can we blame it on genetics?
- Breakfast and Weight Loss - Is it really important?
- Metabolism - Get your motor running!
- Dietary fibre - Are you getting enough?
- 97% fat free often means packed with sugar.
- The "Low Fat" Message - Marketing propaganda or a healthy lifestyle choice?
- Can low carbohydrate actually lower cholesterol?
- The Psychology of Eating.
- Organisation - The key to successful weight loss.
- Self Image
- Body image - Who wants to look like Elle McPherson anyway?
- The role of the media in weight loss.
- Diabetes - Are you eating your way to an uncertain future?
Dietary fibre - Are you getting enough?
Under Australian labeling laws, dietary fibre is considered a carbohydrate - but a carbohydrate with a difference. Unlike standard carb's like sugar or starch, dietary fibre is resistant to digestion and will pass through your body without yielding any energy. That means that fibre does not affect your blood sugar levels, your insulin levels, and can help you lose and maintain a healthy weight.
Fibre's role in our body.
Fibre tends to slow down the rate of digestion of food, leading to a more gradual emptying of the food from the stomach into the small intestine. This slows the amount of glucose being absorbed by the blood and therefore lowers insulin levels.
Because fibre passes through your body largely undigested, it helps to keep your bowels regular. A low intake of fibre is a major cause of constipation.
Lack of fibre may also contribute to a higher incidence of bowel and rectal cancer, obesity, high blood cholesterol and some types of heart disease.
High fibre foods tend to make you feel satisfied for longer after a meal, meaning you tend to eat smaller amounts, and don't crave sugary treats between meals.
Unfortunately, the supermarket shelves are stacked with products that are very low in dietary fibre. Consequently, most Australians aren't getting anywhere near enough fibre in their diet. According to Nutrition Australia, Australian adults should aim to eat around 30 grams of fibre every day - are you getting enough?