What are fibres and why are they important?

Dietary fibre is the structural part of plants, and it’s found in all foods derived from plant products.  It’s the edible part of plants that our digestive enzymes can’t break down, hence why fibre isn’t digested in the same way as sugars and starches: it’s not degraded by human digestive enzymes and ferments, so it reaches the gut intact and acts as a prebiotic.

Fibres’ benefits:

  • They are 100% plant-based
  • They are categorized as fibres in ingredient lists (they are not considered additives)
  • They dissolve easily
  • They add neither colour nor flavour to your creations
  • They improve products’ texture when thawed
  • They work in acidic preparations
  • They can fulfill some of the same purposes as animal proteins