Lifestyle

Fast Focus on Fibre

By: Ruth Kander, Dietitian Bsc (Hons) SRD

Fibre is a part of food that is not digested well. It is usually in the skins of fruits, vegetables and whole grains i.e. bran. If you wish to follow a low fibre diet and feel it would be of benefit then ask your GP or consultant gastroenterologist.

TO HAVE:AVOID:
Breads and crackers
All white varietiesAll those with whole grains, nuts, seeds and dried fruits
Cereals
Low fibre cereals such as; Cornflakes, Rice Krispies, Cocopops, FrostiesAll high fibre cereals such as Weetabix, Shreddies any whole grains with nuts and or dried fruits
Cakes and biscuits
All plain white flour biscuitsAll those with dried fruits or nuts
Potatoes
Peeled cooked, mashed, roasted or chipped potatoesAny potatoes cooked with skin
White pasta, rice, noodles, couscousBrown pasta, brown rice and wild rice
Fruits
All fruits must be peeled and preferably cooked. No piths

Melon, mango, pineapple, peeled apple/pear/nectarine/peach/plum, banana

Tinned fruits; fruit cocktail, lychee, apple
Skins and seeds of fruits such as; strawberries, raspberries, blackcurrants, passion fruit, grapes
Vegetables
Peeled and cooked vegetables with no tough or stringy parts. For example; peeled and cooked parsnip, swede, carrot, butternut squash, pumpkin, sweet potato

Well boiled broccoli (flower parts only) and cauliflower
Stalks and skins of vegetables, peas, sweetcorn, green beans, mange tout, sugar snap peas, onions, brussel sprouts, cabbage, mushrooms, salad vegetables
Meat, fish and alternatives
All meat, fish, chicken, eggs and TofuBeans, lentils, nuts, quorn
Dairy Foods
All dairy foods are acceptable EXCEPT those yoghurts with wholegrain cereals

About the author

Ruth Kander Bsc (Hons) SRD

Ruth Kander Bsc (Hons) SRD
Dietitian

Ruth has 18 years experience as a dietitian in the NHS and 10 years in the freelance sector. She has covered many clinical areas but her specialist area in nephrology.

Ruth currently works as a dietitian at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and also has a freelance practice. She has won a number of awards; Development of a training pack for nurses in nutrition, The British Dietetic Association Elizabeth Washington award for online doctors nutrition education, an award for dedicated patient care at Imperial College Healthcare NHS trust, the Star awards and the Full Monty award at Cambian Healthcare for dietetic service.

Mobile: 07780 671006

Email: ruth@yourdietmatters.com

Visit: http://www.yourdietmatters.com

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