Stick with friendly fibre

Story Highlights

  • Not all fibre is created equally! Take a look at the list below to see which fibre rich vegetables you should eat sparingly
  • Remember to cook the vegetables well and chew until the food liquefies in your mouth

Foods rich in fibre are important for heart and digestive health, but foods full of tough, stringy, hard-to-digest fibres could obstruct the outlet between your band and the rest of your stomach.

Among the culprits are:

  • Artichokes
  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Celery
  • Pineapples
  • Rhubarb

If you’d like to have some once in a while, cook the vegetables on this list very well, cut into extremely small pieces, and chew at least 25 to 30 times or until they liquefy in your mouth. Cut pineapple into tiny chunks and chew well, too.

It’s also smart to remove the fibrous, white membrane from sections of fresh oranges, tangerines, and grapefruits. Supplements can also help you reach fibre goals - many mix right into foods and drinks.


Professor John B Dixon


Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute

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