How fibre in Queal helps your bowels
May 29th 2019
Like many other foods (think grains, pasta, rice), Queal contains a fair amount of fibre. In this blog, we will explain the differences between the two types of fibre, what is in Queal, and how this impacts your body.
Why we think it's important.
There are two types of dietary fibre (neither of which can give you faster internet), they are soluble fibre and insoluble fibre. They have many interactions with the body during the process from entry to exit, but here we shall focus on what makes them unique.
Soluble fibre dissolves in water. The main benefit is that it may promote a fullness feeling for a longer period of time. It also lowers the total and LDL cholesterol levels, which may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Insoluble fibre doesn't dissolve in water. The main benefit is that it helps provide bulking. This means you will have an easier stool. Some people do need some time when adjusting from low to high fibre diets. This change can go paired with increased gas production.
Why it's important for you.
Not everyone eats enough fibre. The recommendation from the European Food Safety Authority is to eat 25 g of fibre per day. In Brittian, the recommendation is slightly higher at 30 g. Yet people, on average, eat 18 g of fibre per day.
If you don't eat enough fibre, you may increase your risk of blood cholesterol levels, coronary heart disease, and increase the chance of colon cancer.
So, you might ask yourself, where can I get myself some of those fibres? They are found in most plant foods, with high servings in cooked dry beans (legumes), and dark green vegetables (spinach). Fibres can also be found in many whole grain foods, oats, chia and barley. Nuts and seeds are also high in fibre.
If you're looking for a way to supplement with fibre, you can choose from different products. They include psyllium husk, methylcellulose, and inulin. Just like mentioned before, adding more fibre to your diet may lead to passing some gas in the short term. There is, however, no evidence that fibre supplementation can lead to bad health outcomes.
What is in Queal.
Queal products (Steady, Ready, Go) provide an average of 34,7 g of fibre per day (based on a 2100kcal diet). This is safely above the recommended amount. Only at 1500kcal or less would you go below the 25 g of fibre recommendation from the EFSA.
|Product||fibre per 100 g||fibre per serving|
|Steady - Standard (167 g)||7 g||11.7 g|
|Steady - Agile (150 g)||8.9 g||13.4 g|
|Steady - Athletic (184 g)||6.6 g||12.1 g|
|Steady - Vegan (165 g)||7.2 g||11.9 g|
|Go - Nuts & Seasalt (80 g)||14.5 g||11.6 g|
|Go - Dark Choco (100 g)||4.1 g||4.1 g|
|Ready (100 g)||6.6 g||6.6 g|
We hope this article has made it clear why you would want to eat enough fibre. When your mother told you to eat whole grain bread (7 g of fibre / 100 g) instead of white bread (2.6 g / 100 g) she wasn't just telling an old ladies tale. Fibre can help you feel full and let everything thing pass through without trouble. Make sure you eat enough of it.