Fibre Rich Food A Boon For Lowering Cholesterol

by Medindia Content Team on  July 11, 2005 at 8:08 PM General Health News
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Fibre Rich Food A Boon For Lowering Cholesterol
A study has revealed that consumption of fruits, vegetables and foods high in fibre can significantly lower cholesterol levels and eventually lowering the risk of heart disease.

Western cuisines are not so high in fibre and so the study recommends including more plant foods in the diet.

10 healthy individuals were taken as the experimental group. Three different diets were administered to each of them. The diets were a vegetarian diet rich in fruits, vegetables and nuts containing 100 grams of fiber; a diet of mostly cereals and legumes, containing 40 grams of fiber; and a low-fat diet that contained 25 grams of fiber, for 2 weeks.

The results showed that after just 1 week, individuals on the high-fiber diet lowered total cholesterol by about 20% and reduced LDL (''bad'') cholesterol by about 30%.

This study emphatically proclaims that individuals should consume diets rich in fibres and reduce the risks of heart diseases. Patients with high cholesterol levels can also benefit from these diets. Generally an average being consumed 25-30 grams of fibre each day.

Source: Metabolism A study has revealed that consumption of fruits, vegetables and foods high in fibre can significantly lower cholesterol levels and eventually lowering the risk of heart disease. Western cuisines are not so high in fibre and so the study recommends including more plant foods in the diet. 10 healthy individuals were taken as the experimental group. Three different diets were administered to each of them. The diets were a vegetarian diet rich in fruits, vegetables and nuts containing 100 grams of fiber; a diet of mostly cereals and legumes, containing 40 grams of fiber; and a low-fat diet that contained 25 grams of fiber, for 2 weeks. The results showed that after just 1 week, individuals on the high-fiber diet lowered total cholesterol by about 20% and reduced LDL (''bad'') cholesterol by about 30%. This study emphatically proclaims that individuals should consume diets rich in fibres and reduce the risks of heart diseases. Patients with high cholesterol levels can also benefit from these diets. Generally an average being consumed 25-30 grams of fibre each day. Source: Metabolism

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