The term ‘fibre’ refers mostly to a broad group of carbohydrates that are not digested, nor absorbed, in the small intestine. Fibre is important for keeping the digestive system healthy and it can increase the bulk of stools and help them to pass through the intestines more quickly. This may help to reduce constipation. There is also a link between increased dietary fibre intake and a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, colorectal cancer and type 2 diabetes.
Teaching pupils about the importance of having enough fibre in the diet is really important as it can help them make informed decisions about what they are eating. In the UK, no age group is currently, on average, consuming the recommended amount of dietary fibre, and in the vast majority of each age group, intakes are well below recommendations.
Foods that are sources of fibre include starchy foods (such as bread, potatoes, pasta, rice and breakfast cereals), fruit and vegetables, and pulses (such as red kidney beans or lentils). Different types of dietary fibre confer additional benefits, so consuming a variety of fibre-rich food is recommended.
So, we know that fibre is important, and that we need to be consuming more as a population, but how can we get this message to pupils and help them get more fibre into their diets?
One way is to ensure that that teaching of fibre is integrated into food lessons – so that the fibre message is understood from an early age. Step forward our brand new fibre resources!
The fibre activity pack comprises a number of resources, looking at how much fibre is in different foods and how we can modify recipes and diets to ensure we are meeting the recommendations. The resources are cross-curricular/interdisciplinary, as they also look at improving communication, numeracy and reasoning skills, and are suitable in both the primary and secondary classroom.
The pack contains:
- teacher resources;
- a fibre board game;
- a fibre calculation worksheet;
- resources looking at modifying recipes;
- resources looking at modifying diets;
- a set of fibre cards.
Whether you are a primary or a secondary teacher, you can use these resources to help your class learn more about fibre this #FibreFebruary.
To view all of the resources, click here.
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