Healthy dietary recommendations worldwide advise including starchy carbohydrates into your food choices, particularly higher fibre whole grain varieties. Some people think starchy foods are fattening, but gram for gram they contain less than half the calories of fat. Whole grains are a good source of fibre and provide our body with essential vitamins and minerals. UK dietary guidelines recommend that adults aim to eat at least 30g of fibre each day; but currently, on average, we are only consuming around 20g.
Why are whole grains good for your health?
Importance of whole grains
Why do we need fibre in our diet?
Choosing foods with fibre can help us feel fuller for longer, and a diet rich in fibre can help digestion and prevent constipation. According to the NHS website there is strong evidence that eating plenty of fibre is associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and bowel cancer (NHS). As part of a healthy, balanced diet it’s important to get fibre from a variety of sources such as whole grains, potatoes in skins, fruit and vegetables, pulses and beans, and nuts and seeds.