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When I was young, I was always asked to eat bananas on a daily basis so that I felt full and to make sure that the food I was eating was digested properly. This has always worked for me to feel satiated after every meal.
However, after I became a mom and my kids grew up, I was nudged to look into the science behind why eating bananas is so important. Though my kids used to happily eat bananas when they were young, they are not too fond of them now. So, after some research, I found out that it is the dietary fibre in bananas that helps keep our digestive systems healthy.
Adding a good amount of dietary fibre to our daily diet promotes the growth of healthy bacteria in our bowels, and fibre also acts as a sponge that absorbs fluids in the body. Even small portions of fibre-rich food satisfy your appetite quite well and make you feel content as it enables slow and proper digestion, thereby reducing our cravings to snack and overeat at odd hours. Dietary fibre also improves the weight, size and softness of our stools, contributing to smooth bowel movement.
Along with fruits, I have also added a lot of other fibre-rich foods to our diet, like leafy vegetables, carrots, beetroots, tomatoes, coconut water, nuts and seeds, lentils, beans and legumes. Whole grains, like oats, are a wonderful breakfast option rich in fibre. For lunch and dinner, we have chappatis made from ITC Aashirvaad Atta with Multigrains which is high in fibre and has the goodness of 6 grains that supports digestion. It allows you to incorporate fibre into your diet without compromising on taste. My kids love to have a slice of cheese rolled into their chappatis during snack time. This multigrain atta has now become a viable way to help us take care of our overall health.
Fibre For Digestive Health
While consuming fibre is great for our digestive health, it is necessary to note that, like everything else, fibre should not be overconsumed. We need to add other micro and macronutrients such as vitamins and minerals important for our body. Therefore, along with our chappatis, we make sure to eat a lot of vegetables and meat too.
I don’t have to worry about my kids not eating bananas regularly anymore, because I have found several other ways to include fibre in our diet.
By the way, I just checked my digestive quotient on HappyTummy.aashirvaad.com and it was 83, which is quite good. You can also check your digestive quotient and receive personalised insights into how you can improve your digestive health.
My family and I took an oath to add a #DailyDoseOfFibre to our diets. What is the main source of fibre in your house? Let me know in the comments below.