Carbohydrates and Fibre
Our body’s main source of energy is carbohydrates. They’re found most abundantly in foods such as grains (wheat, rice, barley), starchy vegetables (potatoes, yams, peas), legumes and fruit. These foods also contain fibre, which is indigestible by our bodies but very useful in slowing digestion, prolonging satiety and promoting regularity. There are two main types of fibre: insoluble and soluble fibre. Insoluble fibre, which helps move things along the digestive tract, is found in whole grains and vegetables. Soluble fibre is found in legumes, oats and barley, and can play a part in regulating blood cholesterol and/or blood sugar.