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  • Fibre
    • Fibre or non starch polysaccharide (NSP) is not absorbed by the body but is needed to help maintain a healthy digestive system. There are two types of fibre
      • Soluble fibre - found in fruit, vegetables, pulses and oats. It helps to reduce blood cholesterol.
      • Soluble fibre dissolves in the water in your digestive system. It may help to reduce the amount of cholesterol in your blood. If you have constipation, gradually increasing sources of soluble fibre – such as fruit and vegetables, oats and golden linseeds – can help soften your stools and make them easier to pass.
      • Insoluble fibre doesn't dissolve in water. It passes through your gut without being broken down and helps other foods move through your digestive system more easily. Insoluble fibre keeps your bowels healthy and helps prevent digestive problems. If you have diarrhoea, you should limit the amount of insoluble fibre in your diet.
    • Dietary fibre needed per day for children
      • On average, most people in the UK get about 18g of fibre a day. You should aim for at least 30g a day.
      • If you have a digestive disorder, you may need to modify your fibre intake depending on your symptoms
      • 2-5 year olds - 15g
      • 5-11 year olds - 20g
      • 11-16 year olds - 25g
      • 16-18 year olds - 30g
    • Fibre is only found in foods that come from plants. Foods such as meat, fish and dairy products don't contain any fibre.
    • It can help prevent heart disease, diabetes, weight gain, and some cancers and can also improve digestive health


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