Dietary Fibre: The Things You Need to Know

Dietary Fibre: The Things You Need to Know

What is Fibre? Fibre is technically a form of carbohydrate. It consists of long strands of glucose, arranged in a way that the body’s digestive enzymes are unable to break down. Fibres’ resistance to digestion is due to how it is organised in the grain, or, the way glucose is chemically bonded to itself. Either way, your enzymes are unable to break down the long strands into molecules small enough for the body to absorb. Unlike other nutrients, fibre moves through the gastrointestinal system undigested and unabsorbed until it reaches the large intestine. Here, gut bacteria ferment fibre into by-products…
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Glycaemic Index and Glycaemic Load: Everything You Need to Know

Glycaemic Index and Glycaemic Load: Everything You Need to Know

Glucose is commonly known as the type of sugar that ends up in your blood. It is the simplest form of sugar. Other simple forms of sugar include fructose and galactose. These are all monosaccharides. We then have disaccharides including lactose, which are two sugar molecules. Polysaccharides which are three or more sugar molecules. Both of which break down into monosaccharides during metabolism. When we eat food, it goes down into our stomach. There, many digestive enzymes start to break it down. After a while, the partially broken-down food travels to the small intestine where it is further broken down.…
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