A dietitian’s guide to fibre and gut health

Fibre isn’t sexy, but it turns out this is a car we need in our lives. Dietitian Elise Penning tells Thrive editor Niki Bezzant all about one of our body’s best friends.

Elise Penning says gut health is one of the hottest topics in health. “As a dietitcian, I get asked all the time: ‘How can I improve my gut health?” she says.

The answer? “As with anything nutrition-related, there is a lot of conflicting and complicated information out there. But it can actually be boiled down to something super-simple. If there is one thing you can do to improve your gut health it would be increase your fibre intake.”

Right now, most New Zealanders don’t eat enough fibre. It’s estimated that on average we…

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