Whole Grain Fiber Reduces Risk Of Early Death

August 14, 2015


You probably knew that getting lots of fiber is the first step toward healthy diet, but did you know that it can actually reduce your risk of dying prematurely?

Diet based on whole grain fiber can apparently prevent cardiovascular, infectious, or respiratory diseases.

The study conducted by the researchers at the National Cancer Institute followed more than 500,000 people and found persons with the highest dietary fiber intake (29g per day for men and 26 for women, on average), had a 22% lower risk of dying prematurely.

According to Dr. Yikyung Park, of the National Cancer Institute in Rockville, Md, their diets high in whole grain fiber managed to lower their risk of getting cardiovascular, infectious, and respiratory diseases by a staggering 24% – 56% in men, and by 34% – 59% in women.

“Making fiber-rich food choices more often may provide significant health benefits,” Park wrote in the paper.

Not All Fiber

Nutritionists recommend eating fiber-rich fruits, vegetables, and whole grains to get at least 14 g of fiber per 1,000 calories, however, not all fiber has this effect.

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Since only grain sources of fiber were linked to these findings, Harvard doctors Lawrence de Koning, and Frank B. Hu had this to say:

“While fiber is clearly a component of whole grains, the reverse is not true. Fiber isolates probably do not provide the same benefits as intact, whole grains. Substituting whole grains for refined grains would provide benefits not only from fiber but also from other unique health-promoting components of whole grains.”

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