Ready to learn about the latest superfood? Well, it's nothing new, but in the new year it's worth reiterating how beneficial and protective it is for you, especially in the context of a new study. Well, the food is not sexy, but here it is: fiber.
It reduces the chances of debilitating heart attacks and strokes as well as chronic diseases such as type-2 diabetes.
And it helps keep your weight, blood pressure, and cholesterol in check – and eases your bowels so you have a comfortable cleansing in the morning!
A major study has been researching how much fiber we really need to be eating and it has found there are huge health benefits, according to a report on BBC.com.
Fibre can be found in fruit and vegetables, some breakfast cereals, breads and pasta that use whole-grains, pulses such as beans, lentils and chickpeas, as well as nuts and seeds.
"The evidence is now overwhelming and this is a game-changer that people have to start doing something about it," one of the researchers, Prof John Cummings, said.
It's well-known for preventing constipation – but its health benefits are much broader than that.
After analyzing 185 studies and 58 clinical trials, the results are in and have been published in the Lancet medical journal.
It suggests if you moved 1,000 people from a low-fiber diet (less than 15 g) to a high-fiber one (25-29 g), then it would prevent 13 deaths and six cases of heart disease.
The study tracked the subjects for one to two decades.
The study report also showed lower levels of type-2 diabetes and bowel cancer in addition to lower weight, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels.
And in case of fiber, the more people eat, the better.
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