Fibre - Focus Food for the week of October 12 (Breast Cancer Awareness Month)


 

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Eating healthy is one of the solutions to help with the healing/prevention of Breast Cancer. Studies has shown fibre is a cancer-fight nutrient and prove to be helpful.

 What is Fibre?

Fibre is a non-digestible carbohydrate found in plant foods. It is an important part of a healthy diet and plays many roles in the body.  There are two types of dietary fibre; soluble fibre; which can dissolve in water; and insoluble fibre which does not have the ability to dissolve in water.

  • Soluble Fibre – slows the breakdown of complex carbohydrates, such as starch, into simple sugars, such as glucose, thereby slowing the absorption of sugar and possibly leading to reduced levels of sugar in the blood. Good sources of soluble fibre include grains, such as oats, barley, and rye, vegetables, fruits, and legumes.
  • Insoluble Fibre – helps keeps the gastrointestinal tract clean and promotes regular bowel movements. Insoluble fibre occurs naturally in brown rice, whole-wheat breads and cereals, seeds, legumes, and in the skins of fruits and vegetables.

So much of our nourishment depends on the healthy passage of food through our digestive tract. Without fibre it is impossible for digestion to take place in and balanced way.

The use of high-fibre and whole food is overall a more healthful approach to bowel care cancer prevention, and general nutrition.

Where to find it? Fruits, Legumes, Nuts, Seeds, Vegetables, and Whole grains.

Recipes this week: Three recipe ideas to incorporate  in your Eat For Life meals.

For further reading:

  1. Canadian Cancer Society – Reducing the risk of breast cancer
  2. Breast Cancer.com – Food and Life
  3. Today’s Dietitian - The Top Fiber-Rich Foods List
  4. Cancer.Net - Food and Cancer Risk
  5. EatThis.com - 30 Foods That Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer

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disclaimer: information provided is from personal research and only for edutainment.