Processed and unprocessed wheat.

Good dietary sources of fibre

In Australia it is recommended that you eat 25g to 30g of fibre each day to maintain general good health.

The following table lists food pairs and their associated dietary fibre levels. The levels for some foods have been omitted. Can you guess which food in each food pair has the highest level of dietary fibre?

Food 1 Fibre content per 100 g Food 2 Fibre content per 100 g
Boiled potato 1.5 Boiled sweet potato  
Green grapes 2.3 Dry figs  
Corn kernels   Cucumber 1.4
Fried eggs 0.0 Baked beans  
Lettuce   Carrots 4.0

Talking point

Within the Comments, consider sharing with other learners your thoughts on which food in each food pair you think has the highest level of dietary fibre, and why.

If you’re interested in finding out the the dietary fibre levels for each food item, go to the Downloads section at the bottom of this step for a link to a document (featuring additional foods) with the dietary fibre levels for each item listed in the table. After reviewing the document, consider sharing with other learners your thoughts on the food items with fibre levels that are higher or lower than you previously thought. Of the foods listed, which ones do you eat and would consider swapping for one with a higher level of dietary fibre?

Don’t forget to contribute to the discussion by reviewing the comments made by other learners, making sure you provide constructive feedback and commentary. Remember you can also ‘like’ comments or follow other learners throughout the course.

Responses to your comments can be viewed by selecting Replies at the top of this step.

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Food as Medicine

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