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Let’s talk fibre—starting with the basics

Lets talk fiber - starting with the basics

Dietary fibre is essential to a healthy diet, but it’s more than just good digestion that fibre plays a role in. In fact, studies have linked a diet high in fibre to heart health, weight management, and much more. But just what is it? And where does fibre come from?

In simple terms, fibre is a type of carbohydrate that comes from plant foods. Common sources include fruit, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds. Meat and dairy products do not contain fibre.

Here are two types of fibre—soluble and insoluble. 

Soluble fibre dissolves in water and breaks down in the digestive system, where it acts like a sponge to soak up toxins and waste.* Insoluble fibre (also called “roughage”) does not break down in the digestive system but helps move bulk through the intestines to promote regular bowel movements.*

Am I eating enough fibre? 

The recommended amount of fibre per day for Canadian women is approximately 25 grams and 38 grams for men. Unfortunately, most Canadians are not eating enough fibre-rich foods and are only getting about half of the recommended daily amount. Taking a daily fibre supplement, along with eating more of the foods listed above, is a great way to add more fibre to your diet.

Source: *Government of Canada