New Study Suggests Eating More Fibre Extends Life
A new government study has suggested a link between high-fiber diets and reduced risks of death from heart disease, infectious and respiratory diseases.
Getting enough fiber in the diet daily for Americans though would seem to be a bit of an issue, as the recommended level is 25 grams daily for women and 38 for men. However, the daily average is around 15 grams.
During a nine year follow up of the study, it was found that people met the guidelines were less likely to die. The difference between those who ate the most fiber and those the least was amazing. The eating the most had a 22% less chance of dying from any cause.
The study was conducted between 388,000 adults of between 50 and 71 years of age, by the National Institutes of Health and AARP. Even when researchers took into account things such as weight, smoking and health status, they were able to find there was always lower risks for those who ate more fiber.
If you do decide that you are not eating enough fiber and would like to ensure that you are meeting the recommended levels, it is also worth knowing that experts recommend that the increasing of fiber to a diet should be done in a gradual manner, to allow your digestive system to get used to it.
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