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Foods and fibre

Watch Janeane talk about the importance of food as a source for dietary fibre.

Watch Janeane talk about the importance of food as a source for dietary 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 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.

Managing comments

Comments on a step can be ‘filtered’ which helps you access them in a way that’s best for you. You can do this by selecting comments by ‘All comments’, ‘Bookmarked’, ‘Your comments’ or ‘Following’ from the drop-down menu in the comments section of the step. You can can also sort by ‘Newest’, ‘Oldest’ or ‘Most liked’.

You can also bookmark comments to remind yourself of certain contributions that you might wish to refer back to at a later stage.

Mentioning other learners

When replying to a comment, you can also mention other learners that are taking part in the comment thread. You can do this by entering the learner’s profile name as part of your reply. For example, @User3320607 That’s an excellent description! @User4499578 What do you think?

Please note, you can only mention others who are in the thread and cannot use the mention functionality in stand alone comments.

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