Fibre rich ($) strawberries
According to many different “nutrient-richness charts”, strawberries contain just under 3g of dietary fibre per cup (about 150g). Compare that to whole wheat bread with 1.9g of fibre per slice, then that is pretty good! Dietary fibre are mostly found in fruit, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and beans. Fibre is a carbohydrate but is not broken down into sugars in the gastrointestinal tract (GIT) to be absorbed.
Dietary fibre consists of soluble and insoluble fibre. Soluble fibre absorbs water in the GIT to form a gel-like substance which mainly functions to help with blood sugar control, lowering cholesterol and involved in cancer prevention. Insoluble fibre does not absorb water and keep its shape. This action helps to speed up passage of stool for regularity thus preventing constipation or reducing incidence of uncomfortable dry or watery stools.
The recommended dietary intake of fibre is 38g/day for men 50 years and younger and 25g/day for woman, 50 years and younger.
Increasing your fibre intake via strawberries, a weekly intake of 1-2 punnets, 3-4 times per week will increase fibre intake.
The recipe for the week is packed with all sorts of dietary fibre such as strawberries, whole wheat flour and sunflower seeds!