High Fibre Diet can Lower Risk of Heart Disease

A diet high in fibre, especially from whole grains, can lower the risk of death from cardiovascular disease, infectious and respiratory diseases.
These are the key findings of a report produced by Dr Yikyung Park, of the National Cancer Institute in Rockville, Maryland, in America.,
Over a nine year period, he and his team studied the effects of a high fibre diet on risk of heart disease and respiratory diseases.
Analysis of data of 388,000 men and women, showed that the 20% who ate the most fibre, that is, 30 grams daily for men and 26 grams daily for women were 22% less susceptible to die from those diseases than the 20% who ate the least fibre daily, that is, 12.6 grams daily for men and 10.8 daily grams for women.
Diets high in fibre, the part of whole grains and fruit and vegetables which resists digestion, are considered to reduce the risk of heart disease, certain cancers, obesity and diabetes .
Moreover, a high fibre diet reduces inflammation, aids bowel movements, reduces blood pressure, lowers cholesterol, improves blood glucose levels and aids weight loss .
The researchers found that increased dietary fibre intake reduced risk of death from cardiovascular, infectious, and respiratory diseases by 24% to 56% in men and by 34% to 59% in women.

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