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More Studies On Benefits Of Dietary Fiber

from Jana Mitcham
March 4, 2004

The benefits of dietary fiber are well documented. Dietary fiber is beneficial to gastrointestinal health to include better digestion and bowel health. The American Medical Association, The American Heart Association, and The National Cancer Institute are just a few of the organizations that point out the healthy aspects of a fiber rich diet.

The key is to get enough. Adults need 28-35 grams a day according to most sources and children (according to an article in Pediatrics Magazine) need, as a minimum, their age plus 5! Most adults and children fall short of the minimums.

Vitacorp provides several ways to add to your daily intake of dietary fiber: Appetizer Diet (5 grams); VitaFiber (4 grams) and the upcoming BLITZ Nutritional Cookie Bar (8 grams). Read what this latest study says about including dietary fiber in your diet:

CHICAGO (Reuters) Eating at least three apples a day or other sources of dietary fiber such as cereals significantly cuts the risk of death from heart disease, researchers said on Monday.

Pooling the results of 10 U.S. and European studies with more than 330,000 adult subjects, the report said people who consumed 10 grams of fiber daily reduced their risk of heart attack by 14 percent and cut their risk of dying from coronary heart disease by 27 percent.

A medium-sized apple contains roughly 3 grams of fiber, while a slice of whole wheat bread contains 1.5 grams and a stalk of broccoli about 2.7 grams of fiber.

"The recommendations to consume a diet that includes an abundance of fiber-rich foods to prevent (coronary heart disease) are based on a wealth of consistent scientific evidence," wrote study author Mark Pereira, formerly of Harvard University in Boston, and now at the University of Minnesota.

The report published in the Archives of Internal Medicine (news - web sites) said 5,249 of the subjects developed heart disease and 2,011 died from the disease during the six to 10 years of follow-up.

The health benefit was strongest when the dietary fiber came from cereals and fruit, rather than vegetables. The reason may be because common starchy and heavily processed vegetables such as corn and peas are poor in nutrients but high in sugars that can lead to diabetes and heart disease.

Fiber in the diet has been found to lower blood pressure, cut blood levels of artery-clogging lipids and to improve insulin sensitivity.


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