Dietary Fibre

    Swett potato is well known for its high content of dietary fibre.

    Maintaining a diet high in fibre is important for many reasons. Not only does consuming fibre help keep you regular, it also helps to protect against bowel disorders and heart disease. Fibre-rich foods frequently contain antioxidants and phytochemicals (like beta-carotene) which reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancer and other diseases. Furthermore, a diet high in fibre can aid with weight control and the management of diseases such as diabetes.

    Dietary fibre is only found in plant products- in foods that grow from the earth.

    There are two forms of fibre- soluble and insoluble, and both have different uses in the body.

    Soluble fibre helps to slow down digestion, delaying the emptying of the stomach so that you feel fuller for longer. The slower your stomach is emptied, the more likely your blood sugar levels are to stabilize, so for diabetics, fibre consumption can have a positive effect on their insulin levels. Soluble fibre can also help to lower levels of LDL “bad” blood cholesterol by interfering with the absorption of dietary cholesterol.

    Insoluble fibre acts as a bulking agent in the digestive system, helping to keep you regular. Insoluble fibre is not absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract, rather, it speeds up the passage of food and waste as it passes through your gut.


    The Recommended Daily Intake of dietary fibre by NZ Nutrition Foundation is 25g for women and 30g for men.

    A single 40g serve of Sunny Hill Kumara Chips Salt and Pepper Flavour contains 4.1g of fibre. That’s 16% of the daily intake for women and 14% for men!

    Here are some examples of other soluble and insoluble fibre.

    For more information on the benefits of eating a diet high in fibre, visit
    http://www.nutritionfoundation.org.nz/nutrition-facts/Nutrients/carbohydrates/fibre 
    https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/fibre-in-food