Grains, especially whole grains, contain a range of dietary fibres important for health and prevention of disease. These include:
|Soluble fibres such as:||
|Insoluble fibres such as:
(found in most cereals, especially wheat bran, rice and maize)
|Resistant starch, found in some cereals like:||
|Smaller oligosaccharides such as:
(found in wheat, rye, oats and barley, with very young barley having high amounts)
While whole grains and bran products are higher in fibre, refined grain foods like white bread and pasta do still contain fibre. On average, refined grain foods on shelf in Australia contain one third of the fibre of whole grain foods.
Cereal fibre has a range of health benefits:
There are several types of dietary fibre which act in different ways to improve digestive health and protect against disease. These include:
The total amount of dietary fibre contained in different grains and pseudo-cereals varies:
|Intact grain||% Dietary Fibre|
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