Wellness - Nutrition | 3-18 yrs

Goodness Of Fibre For Children

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The fibre in our diet is made up of the indigestible parts of plants. It passes through our stomach and intestines largely unchanged. Fibre is of two types: soluble and insoluble. Soluble fibre absorbs water to form a gel-like material. It helps in lowering cholesterol and glucose levels. Insoluble fibre does not dissolve in water, but absorbs water and swells up. This type of fibre helps in cleaning the digestive system.

Eating a fibre-rich diet has also been found to confer many health benefits. But although fibre plays such an important part in promoting good health, most children do not eat foods that would supply them with an adequate amount of fibre. Lack of fibre in the diet can cause many health issues. One of the most common problem caused by lack of fibre is constipation. Some of the other health issues caused due to inadequate amount of fibre in the diet are haemorrhoids, diverticular disease and irritable bowel syndrome.

As fibre is so important to maintain good health, parents need to provide their children a diet that is rich in fibre. In order to derive the most benefit from fibre, it is also important to include different sources of fibre in the diet. Some of the different but common sources of fibre are fruits such as apples, bananas, berries and pears, whole grains cereals, corn, beans, carrots, sweet potatoes, green peas. Parents must gradually increase the amount of fibre in their children’s diet, otherwise it may cause flatulence and bloating. Also, as fibre absorbs water, parents should also ask their children to drink more water when the fibre in their diet is increased.

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