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Content of Fibre in common fruits

By Edited Jul 21, 2016 0 0

Just about every fruit contains a fair amount of fibre within it.Just how much does each fruit contain though?

This short article will divide the common fruits into four categories for easy reference.Those fruits that are high in fibre, those that are medium to high, those low to medium, and finally those fruits that are low in their fibre content.The measurements are based on a similar sized serving of each fruit, and in the case of apples includes also the skin. The fruits are generally raw, uncooked and fresh.

Dietary fibre comes from the structural elements of the plant and the proportion of fibre varies in each plant. They are generally types of carbohydrate that our body doesn't digest or absorb. A certain amount of fibre in our diet maintains our regularity and assists our digestive process and is good for our general health and well being as well as actively reducing the risks of a lot of common lifestyle type diseases. These include heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

Increased fibre intake is also very useful in a weight control program.
There are two types of fibre, soluble and insoluble. This simply means if it dissolves in water or not. Insoluble fibre known as roughage or bulk is the best type for alleviating constipation. It increases the volume of stools excreted, and helps the passage of foods moving through the digestive system.

Soluble fibre improves cholesterol and blood sugar levels by slowing down their absorption. Citrus fruits contain soluble fibre, as well as apples, pears and strawberries. Fruits with edible seeds such as all of the berries contain insoluble fibre. Fruits eaten with their peel also contain this type of fibre, (such as apples, pears, peaches, nectarines and plums).

HIGH IN FIBRE FRUITS
Blueberry, Blackberry, Boysenberry, Raspberry, Loganberries.
Dried Fruits such as: Dates, Raisins, Sultanas, Figs, Dried Apricots, Dried Prunes.
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MEDIUM TO HIGH FIBRE FRUITS
Avocado
Apple
Banana
Cranberry
Guava
Gooseberry
Mulberry
Passion Fruit
Pear
Pomegranate

LOW TO MEDIUM FIBRE FRUITS
Apricot
Cherry
Grapefruit
Grapes
Kiwi Fruit
Honeydew Melon
Kumquat
Lemon
Lychee
Mandarine
Nectarine
Orange
Peach
Pineapple
Plum
Strawberry
Tangerine

LOW FIBRE FRUITS
Cantaloupe
Lime
Mango
Olive
Papaya
Persimmon
Water Melon

Most people probably do not eat enough dietary fibre. It is generally recommended that we consume around 20-25 grams of fibre daily.The higher fibre fruits listed here all contain around 6 to 14 grams per serving size of 100 grams of the fruit.
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