Fibre is a nutrient which exists in two forms – soluble and insoluble – that you can only get from plant sources. The government recommends an adult should eat 30g dietary fibre per day but most adults are getting on average about 18g per day.
Soluble fibre is broken down in the large intestine by beneficial bacterial which reside there, insoluble is not digested but instead aids the transit of food through the digestive tract helping to prevent constipation.
There is strong evidence that eating plenty of fibre is associated with a lower risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and bowel cancer. Fibre also helps us to feel fuller (satiety), help digestion and prevent constipation.
In the past few hundred years the western diet has included fibre in the form of wheat. Gluten is a protein found in wheat which is thought to be associated with an increased incidence of digestive problems. For instance, individuals with serious auto-immune conditions such as coeliac disease need to avoid gluten altogether, indeed Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is thought to be triggered by gluten intolerance. Hence in both cases avoiding gluten through nutrient dense but gluten free alternatives such as hemp are gaining interest.
Hemp seed fibre contains both soluble and insoluble fibre, and whole hemp seeds are thought to contain 20% soluble and 80% insoluble.
Good Hemp seed fibre contains 68.9% fibre that’s more then 20g of fibre in just a 30g serving.
Hemp Fibre can be as an addition to baked products such as crackers, bread and breakfast cereals/muesli.