31 May Fibre-rich Foods (Prebiotics) on the Banting Diet
Fibre-rich Foods, one of the myths about low carb diets, and Banting in particular, is that when you stop eating carbs, you stop getting fibre. That’s nonsense. The majority of the food you eat will be vegetables that are high in fibre, otherwise known as ‘prebiotics’.
Four Reasons we need prebiotic foods in our diet:
- They feed the good gut bacteria – which improves not only digestion but overall health.
- They help to reduce carb absorption – lower blood sugar and insulin and therefore help protectagainst insulin resistance.
- They slow down food absorption – leaving you fuller for longer.
- They stimulate more effective peristalsis – which moves foods through the intestine, ensuring optimal absorption of nutrients while getting rid of any toxins and undigested food.
To make it even clearer, we have added a key to the latest rendition of the Banting Food Lists, in the top right hand corner which you can see below:
As you can see in the below cross section of the lists, we have labelled all of the prebiotic foods with a (p):
List of the best prebiotic Banting foods:
What about fibre supplements?
You can supplement with fibre like psyllium husk capsules or some fibre shakes, but this will not provide the nutrients that vegetables will. We strongly recommend you get your fibre from real foods.
How much fibre do I need?
Aim for at least one cup a day, but three is preferable. Remember that you will need to box smart with this depending on which phase of Banting you’re in. We advise following our meal plans to make sure you are getting enough fibre, while keeping your carbs low. The other alternative is to use a meal tracker until you get the hang of it.
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