According to the British Nutrition Foundation, fibre can reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes – so we should all be on a mission to get more in our diets.
But it doesn't have to be all dry brown bread and bran flakes (OK, maybe some bran flakes). Here are seven foods with more fibre than a slice of brown bread.
1. Bran flakes
Put down the Special K, people – bran flakes are king when it comes to fibre content. A 30g bowl contains 123% more fibre than a slice of brown bread. Pretty impressive, huh? Top with yogurt, runny honey and blueberries to make those brown flakes just a little more appealing.
Don’t fancy bran flakes? No problem. Soak 50g muesli in apple juice or milk overnight and you’ve got yourself a fibre-packed brekkie that tastes good too, containing approximately 144% more fibre than that slice of brown bread.
3. Tinned peas
We’ve always been told to eat our peas, and it seems for good reason, too. One portion (93g to be exact) contains 172% more fibre than a slice of brown bread. It’s no good pushing them around your plate, OK?
4. Baked beans
Half a can of baked beans contains a whopping 9.8g of fibre per portion. This is soluble fibre, rather than the insoluble fibre found in brown bread – but put some beans on your toast and you’ll have the best of both worlds.
Possibly the most surprising in this list, a serving of Twiglets (24g) has 61% more fibre than a slice of brown bread. No, we’re not saying you should eat crisps instead of bread, but if you’re looking for a high fibre nibble, Twiglets are where it’s at.
Munch three of these and you’ve consumed 26% more fibre than a slice of brown bread. Well done you. Get creative with your toppings from smoked salmon and avocado to cream cheese and black pepper. Yum.
Just two of these crisp breads contain 122% more fibre than a slice of brown bread. So use your loaf (or not, as it turns out) and tuck into a few on these one lunchtime with lots of healthy toppings instead of your usual sarnie.