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Fibre facts: dietary fibre

Connie Stanton, Melissa Carapetis, Pat Phillips
Australians generally consume less than the recommended amounts of fibre. Knowledge of the various types of fibre and their sources can help you advise patients on increasing their fibre intake, with the benefits of improved cardiovascular and bowel health, and weight and blood glucose control.
Key Points

    Dietary fibre is essential for the proper functioning of the gut and has also been shown to help protect against a number of chronic diseases, including diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers.

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