Eating a lot of dietary fibers increases life expectancy

Eating a lot of dietary fibers increases life expectancy

Eating a lot of dietary fibers increases life expectancy

Based on the research, a Professor of Human Nutrition and Medicine at the University of Otago in New Zealand, Jim Mann, who is a co-author of the study, recommended 25 grams (0.88 ounces) to 29 grams (1.02 ounces) of fibre consumption each day, though, higher amounts were even more beneficial, according to the analysis of the study. "For every 8 gram increase of dietary fiber eaten a day, total deaths and incidences of coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes and colorectal cancer decreased by 5 to 27 percent".

Eating plenty of fruit, veg and whole grains can slash the risk of a premature death by nearly a third, according to new research. This cholesterol-lowering type of fibre is found in fruits, vegetables and grains such as oats and barley.

The analysis found no dangers with a high fibre intake.

The World Health Organisation review found people who eat 25g or more of fibre a day have up to a 30 per cent reduced risk of early death from all causes, particularly cardiovascular disease.

Most Britons consume less than 20g of dietary fibre per day.

Foods with high fiber content include fresh, whole fruits, brown rice and breads made from whole grains, raw vegetables, and beans and legumes.

The researchers focused on the effects of dietary fibre and whole grains on the risk of premature deaths from and rates of coronary heart disease, cardiovascular disease and stroke, as well as rates of type 2 diabetes, colorectal cancer and cancers associated with obesity: breast, endometrial, oesophageal and prostate cancer. In the United States, fiber intake among adults averages 15 grams a day.


"Our research indicates we should have at least 25 to 29 grams of fibre from foods daily, although most of us now consume less than 20 grams of fibre daily", Dr Reynolds explains.

The results also showed diets with a low glycaemic index and low glycaemic load provided limited to no benefit.

Eating wholegrain foods which contain dietary fibre could reduce the risk of contracting a range of deadly diseases including diabetes and cancer, a study has concluded. This may account for the links to health being less clear.

"Commenting on the implications and limitations of the study, Professor Gary Frost, Imperial College London, UK, says, "[The authors] report findings from both prospective cohort studies and randomised controlled trials in tandem.

The kicker: the study goes against the grain of trendy low-carbohydrate diets, which may irk food manufacturers pushing such diet products, reported The Guardian.

"This reduces incidence risk and mortality from a broad range of important diseases", he said.

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