Getting a taste of fibre

MAC level three food technology group. Photo: Kimmi McArthur


By Kimmi McArthur - Mount Aspiring College, Year 13

 

Gimme Fibre Day is held every year on November 4, but a group of 22 Mount Aspiring College food and nutrition students believe that fibre should be something that is celebrated and incorporated every day.

MAC level three food technology group (pictured) is holding fibre events on June 20 and 27 in the food technology room, to raise awareness of the importance of including enough fibre into our diets. A two-course meal consisting of a main and a dessert will be prepared by groups of students and will be served on two nights, catering for 30 people the first night and 36 the next.

People are welcome to come both nights, tickets will be $10 and can be booked via email mcarthurk@mtaspiring.school.nz. The group’s aim is to educate people why it is such a big deal to consume enough dietary fibre. It is also part of an internal focus on health promotion.

Everyday people neglect fibre in their diets, only including it little by little, thinking it will do no harm to their bodies, but it does.

MAC student Makayla Rasmussen, who is a member of the group, said, “I feel that not enough people know about the importance of fibre, and I think that this event is a good way to inform them.”

A lack of fibre can lead to colon and bowel disease cancer, heart disease and diabetes. However, fibre can also prevent disease such as heart disease as it lowers cholesterol, and it helps by controlling blood sugar levels for people with diabetes.

Dietary fibre is a crucial component for overall digestive health and regular bowel movements. It aids improvements to cholesterol and blood sugar levels as well as making sure we stay fuller for a longer period of time.

It is really quite simple to get, as well. Fruits and vegetables, pumpkin, chia and flax seeds, wholemeal bread and pasta are all excellent sources to extract the fibre from, as well as eating skins on the potatoes and kiwifruit, and it’s easy!

Adding seeds to your breakfast, lunch and dinner, making sure you include enough fruits and vegetables and swapping your white bread for a more healthy alternative such as wholemeal or grain.

For more ideas or information about the importance of fibre, contact mcarthurk@mtaspiring.school.nz or come to Mount Aspiring College on Wednesday, June 20 or Wednesday, June 27 at 6.30pm to get a taste of some fibre goodness.

Pictured: MAC level three food technology group. Photo: Kimmi McArthur


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