The natural source of fibre
Dietary fibres are complex carbohydrates that can only be found in plant foods. Unlike “normal” carbohydrates (such as in sugar or flour), we can derive only a small amount of energy from “indigestible” fibre. But why is fibre so important, especially for digestion?
Dietary fibre is very important for normal digestive function. It regulates the transportation of food through the intestine: Constipation increases the stool volume and softens the stool, making it easier to excrete. In the case of diarrhoea, however, fibre can thicken the liquid stool due to its high swelling properties.
Fibres are of far greater importance especially for our intestinal bacteria: Specific dietary fibres (such as corn dextrin and guar gum) are used as the basis of existence of our little “helpers”. Too little fibre causes many of our intestinal bacteria to starve. As a result, they can no longer accomplish their tasks, such as, for example, the absorption of important nutrients from the diet, the excretion of toxins and foreign germs, which enter our intestines with some foods, as well as the functioning of our immune system, 80% of the cells of which are in the intestine.