Research carried out at the University of Otago in New Zealand has shown a direct link between higher fibre intake and reduction of risk of heart disease, diabetes and colorectal cancer.
Systematic conducted research for almost 40 years has shown that in patients with a diet rich in dietary fiber compared to those who consumed the least, the risk of death and diseases associated with coronary artery disease, infestation, type 2 diabetes and colorectal cancer fell as much as 15 -30%. These studies will be used by the World Health Organization to release new recommendations on dietary fibre intake.
25 grams of fibre
Author of the study, Dr. Andrew Reynolds is of the opinion that the results indicate the need to include more fibre in the diet. "Our study has shown that we should consume at least 25 to 29 grams of fiber per day, however most of us consume less than 20 grams," explains Dr. Reynolds. Co-author of the study Professor Jim Mann confirms that the findings are groundbreaking. " These studies are relevant because there is still a few ambiguts in the public about how to choose our meals and what impact our choices have on the risk of certain diseases. We've all been aware that fiber has a beneficial effect on our health, but now we have hard evidence. "
The analysis included 58 clinical trials and 185 studies from around the world, which treat the effects of fiber, full-value food, and glycemic index. Professor Mann believes that this study is unique, as it has analysed a number of indicators and diseases. Previous studies have included only one factor and a small number of diseases. Studies have shown that people who have increased the amount of dietary fiber in the diet have had lower body weight and cholesterol levels. "It turned out that a high-fat diet has a huge impact on the protection of the body against heart disease, diabetes and cancer," explains Professor Mann.