Latest discovery: higher fiber intake reduces the risk of heart disease and cancer!
A study conducted at the University of Otago in New Zealand showed a direct link between higher fiber intake and a reduction in the risk of heart disease, diabetes and colorectal cancer. Systematic studies conducted for almost 40 years have shown that in patients with a diet rich in fiber compared to those who have consumed the least, the risk of death and diseases associated with coronary artery disease, myocardial infarction, type 2 diabetes and colorectal cancer decreased by as much as 15-30%. This research will be used by the World Health Organization to make new recommendations on fiber consumption. 25 grams of fiber The study's author, Dr Andrew Reynolds, believes that the results indicate the need to include more fiber in the diet. 'Our study showed that we should consume at least 25 to 29 grams of fiber per day, but most of us consume less than 20 grams,' explains Dr Reynolds. Study co-author Professor Jim Mann confirms that the results of the study are groundbreaking. "This research is important because there are still some ambiguities in the public about how to choose our meals and how our choices have on the risk of certain diseases. We all realized that fiber has a beneficial effect on our health, but now we have hard evidence for it." Groundbreaking research The analysis included 58 clinical trials and 185 studies around the world that treat the effects of fiber, full-fledged food and the glycemic index. Professor Mann believes that this study is unique because it has analysed a number of indicatives and course of disease. Previous studies have taken into account only one factor and a small number of diseases. Studies have shown that people who increased the amount of fiber in the diet had lower body weight and cholesterol levels. 'It turned out that the high-theme diet has a huge impact on protecting the body from heart disease, diabetes and cancer,' explains Professor Mann.