Medicine

High-fibre diet may lower risk of death, chronic diseases

High-fibre diet may lower risk of death, chronic diseases

So researchers are hoping to settle once and for all the ideal amount of fiber to optimize your health.

The researchers added that while their study did not find any risks associated with dietary fibre, a high intake could negatively impact people with low iron or mineral levels, as high levels of whole grains can further reduce levels of iron.

A higher intake of whole grains was linked with an overall reduction in chronic disease risk of 13-33% - which is equivalent to 26 fewer deaths per 1,000 people.

Observational studies and clinical trials conducted over almost 40 years reveal the health benefits of eating at least 25 grammes to 29 grammes or more of dietary fibre a day, said researchers from the University of Otago in New Zealand.

"The health benefits of dietary fiber appear to be even greater than we thought previously", Mann said of the results.

Most people globally consume about 20 grams (0.70 ounces) of dietary fiber per day, Mann said of the findings.

What the study showed was that people who ate 25 to 29 grams of fiber a day lived longer.

However, the study found only limited support that diets with a low glycemic index and low glycemic load offered protection against type 2 diabetes and stroke.

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The study notes that the relationships between high fiber/whole grain consumption and reduced noncommunicable diseases could be causal.

The analysis found no dangers with a high fibre intake.

However, their findings imply that while low-carb diets are popular with people wishing to lose weight, this risks the health benefits from eating whole grain fibre. "However sugars, starches and fibers are all carbohydrates that perform different roles in the body", Reynolds wrote. Dietary fiber lowers cholesterol levels and body weight, and thus obesity-related cancers: breast cancer, endometrial cancer, esophageal cancer and prostate cancer. Insoluble fibre keeps the bowel healthy and is found in wholegrain bread and cereals, nuts, seeds and the skin of fruit and vegetables. "While we all knew that dietary fiber was good for us we didn't know the extent to which the old mantra was true".

Speaking to The Guardian, Mann said that the findings considerably challenge many popular diets that reject carbohydrates due to their correlation with sugar.

The researchers only included studies with healthy participants, so the findings can not be applied to people with existing chronic diseases.

If you're not eating enough fibre at the moment, one of the easiest ways to add fibre to your diet is at breakfast time.

"Practical ways to increase fibre intake is to base meals and snacks around whole grains, vegetables, pulses and whole fruits".


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