Soluble fibre dissolves in water and is often found with insoluble fibre. Soluble fibre is fermented by your gut bugs (that is your gut microbiota-a bad habit of mine) and includes things like oat bran, barley, nuts, seeds, beans, lentils, peas, fruit and vegetable and psyllium.
Soluble fibre attracts water into your bowels and can balance out your bowels is you have diarrhoea or constipation. It’s a balance that has to be experimented with!
A good example of a soluble fibre that is great for your gut bugs is Inulin. You may have heard of Inulin as it is also a prebiotic which is food for your gut bugs. Inulin can be found in asparagus, artichoke, chicory, onions, jicama and more.
Good quality inulin is often hard to find if you want to add it to your cereal, granola or smoothie so we here at HealthMap have found the best one for you. Check it out here. We like to make up a mixture of prebiotics and add them to granola so you get a bit of each with every spoonful. If you want some ideas on how to include prebiotics into your diet. Check out some of our recipes here.
Inulin supports your gut bugs, helps them grow and has been linked to an improved immune system and digestive health. We can’t tell you enough why it’s important to have a variety of wholefoods in your diet every day to support a healthy, happy gut.