Fibre is found in the cell walls of plants.
A lack of fibre in daily diet can cause ill health.
Among the diseases due to a lack of fibre in foods are:
Digestive: bowel cancer (cancer of the large intestine, colon & rectum), constipation and diverticulosis.
Heart and circulatory: linked with high consumption of saturated fats, artherosclerosis, atheroma, varicose veins.
Others: obesity, kidney stones, gallstones and diabetes.
What are best sources of fibre?
Wholewheat bran, wholemeal flour and bread, wholemeal pasta and brown rice.
Other forms fibres include the followings.
Pectins found in fruits, vegetables.
Hemicelluloses found in oat brans, seeds, peas, beans, grains, vegetable and fruits.