Sources of fibre
Foods that contain fibre include fruits, vegetables including beans, lentils, peas, broccoli, brussel sprouts and wholegrains.
Including fibre in your child’s diet
There are many ways in which you can include foods that are high in fibre in your child’s diet.
Here are some of them:
Fruits and vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are delicious to eat, can be eaten in its own natural state and are an excellent source of fibre. Avoid removing the peel of fruits and vegetables which have edible skins as most of the fibre is usually contained in this part of the produce.
If your child does not prefer to eat fruits and vegetables in its raw state, try cooking them lightly or alternatively, disguise them by including them with other foods (such as serving small pieces of fruit with yoghurt or ice cream, or making a smoothie). A vegetable pizza that is topped with cheese is delicious and your child may not even realise how many different kinds of vegetables he has eaten.
Bread and cereals are two of the most common foods that include wholegrains. When purchasing cereals for your child, take a look at the nutritional label to see whether the product contains whole grains as this is an easy way to give your child additional fibre.
You can also consider switching from the more refined breads to ones that are more whole-grain based. Your child may enjoy the crunchy texture of nuts and seeds that usually come with whole-grain breads. In addition, be a good role model by opting to eat whole-grain breads yourself and your child may follow suit.
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