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Healthy Nigerian Foods That Are Rich In Fibre

Fibre, also known as roughage, is the part of a plant food which is not broken down by our bodies during digestion. It passes through the body undigested, keeping your digestive system clean and healthy, helps promote regular bowel movements, and reduces the time that waste spends inside the intestines.

It also helps to prevent heart diseases, diabetes, constipation, bowel cancer, and may also help to promote weight loss. Some foods that contain good amounts of dietary fibre in Nigeria include:

1. Bananas

Bananas are incredibly healthy, and are rich in several important vitamins and minerals. They are also relatively high in fibre. So, be sure to eat this fruit as part of a balanced diet that provides all the nutrients your body needs.Image credit: timesofindia

2. Beans

A high-fibre diet can help control diabetes and maintain healthy blood glucose levels. And, since fibre-rich foods like beans are filling, they are also helpful in weight control. Image credit: nairaland

3. Corn

One of the main nutritional benefits of corn is its high fibre content. And as we know, dietary fibre is important for our health; it aids digestion, it may lower the risk of heart disease, strokes, type 2 diabetes and bowel cancer. On top of that, fibre helps you stay fuller for longer.Image credit:

4. Garden eggs

Garden eggs are a nutrient-dense food, meaning they contain a good amount of vitamins, minerals and fibre in few calories. It has the ability to reduce glucose absorption in the body and lower blood sugar levels.Image credit:

5. Garri

Although garri is a starchy food, it is low in calories and with high fibre contents that will help you stay full for a longer period. Hence, reducing the urge to always eat in large quantities. Garri helps to absorb toxins that go into your intestines.Image credit:

6. Millet

Millet is rich in dietary fibre, both soluble and insoluble. The insoluble fibre in millet is known as a “prebiotic,” which means it supports good bacteria in your digestive system. This type of fibre is also important for adding bulk to stools, which helps keep you regular and reduces your risk of colon cancer.Image credit:

7. Oats

Oats are an incredibly nutritious food packed with important vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. In addition, they're high in fibre and protein compared to other grains.Image credit:

8. Potatoes

Potatoes are a good source of fibre, which can help you lose weight by keeping you full longer. Potatoes are also full of antioxidants that work to prevent diseases, and vitamins that help your body function properly.Image credit: healthline

9. Rice

Brown rice is generally higher in fibre than white rice. It typically provides 1 to 3 g more fiber than a comparable amount of white rice. Many of the nutrients in brown rice help keep your heart healthy. It's a rich source of dietary fibre, which can reduce your risk of heart disease.Image credit: livescience

10. Spinach

Spinach is one of the best sources of dietary potassium and magnesium, two very important electrolytes necessary for maintaining human health. It is also a very good source of zinc, dietary fibre, phosphorus, vitamin B1 and choline. Image credit: medicalnewstoday

11. Waterleaf

Waterleaves are an excellent vegetable that is 100% healthy for the body. Its high fibre content makes the stomach fuller, reduce constipation and aid in the proper digestion of food.Image credit:

12. Wheat

Carbs are the main nutritional component of wheat. Still, this grain harbors significant amounts of fibre, which may aid your digestion. Its protein mostly comes in the form of gluten.Image credit: nairametrics

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