Fibre is the indigestible plant material, found in fruits, vegetables, grains and beans.
Fibre doesn't contain any nutrients, yet is vital to a healthy body since fibre usually comes wrapped around valuable foods.
It reduces constipation as the bulk of fibre, plus the water and bacteria added to the waste, produce a stool consistency which is much easier to remove from the body without straining in any way.
There are two types of fibre, insoluble fibre such as fruit and vegetables skins.
It passes through the gut unchanged, as it does not dissolve in water, resulting in a speeding process of the digestive track, which in turn reduces the risk of colon cancer.
Soluble fibre found in beans, oats, barley, broccoli, prunes, apples and citrus fruits. It dissolves in water, forming a gel like consistency, which has been suggested, aids to lower blood cholesterol.