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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    When should you use a fibre supplement?

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  • Denise Burbidge

    Dietitian, Nutritionist

    Denise is an Accredited Practising Dietitian working in private practice in Melbourne, and consulting to aged care facilities throughout Victoria. Denise has a particular interest … View Profile

    Fibre supplements are useful when you are unable to consume adequate fibre through foods. Fibre is found in highest amounts in fruits, vegetables, nuts & seeds and wholegrain breads & cereals. To achieve adequate fibre adults need 2 serves of fruit, 5 serves of vegetables and 4-6 serves of breads and cereals daily (see www.eatforheatlh.gov.au). Fibre within the body helps to regular bowel motions and assists in lowering cholesterol and managing sugar levels in diabetes.
    Fibre supplements are also helpful in managing some conditions, for example
    1. Costipation in the elderly
    2. Long term management of diverticular disease
    For anyone increasing fibre intake (through food or supplements) it is important to do so gradually and with intake of additional fluids to avoid gut side effectss (such as excess flatulance)
    As for the type of fibre supplement to take, it's best to seek individual advice from an expert such as an Accredited Practising Dietitian. see http://daa.asn.au/for-the-public/find-an-apd/

    Denise Burbidge
    DIETITIAN, The Food Clinic
    www.thefoodclinic.com.au

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