Fiber-Rich Diet Reduces Risk of Heart Disease

by Kathy Jones on Feb 15 2011 9:14 PM

 Fiber-Rich Diet Reduces Risk of Heart Disease
The risk of suffering from a fatal heart disease could be greatly reduced by consuming a diet rich in fibers, a new research published in the online edition of Archives of Internal Medicine reveals.
Researchers from the US National Cancer Institute point to the 2010 USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans which says that a diet rich in fiber is healthy for the body. Fiber rich diet has been associated with reducing the risk of a number of diseases including cancers, diabetes and obesity while they are also known to improve bowel movements and lowers cholesterol levels, blood sugar and blood pressure.

The researchers observed more than 388,000 men and women who were a part of the National Institutes of Health-AARP Diet and Health Study. After a period of nine years, the researchers found that nearly 32,000 people had died and on analyzing their dietary habits, they found that those who followed a fiber rich diet were 22 percent less likely to die over the next decade.

They also found that the risk of cardiovascular disease was also cut by nearly half among both men and women with the researchers saying that fibers from grains were more effective than fiber obtained from fruits.

“Prior studies have focused on the relationship between fiber intake and cardiovascular disease, but few have examined the link between dietary fiber and risk of death from any cause. Our analysis adds to the literature, and suggests dietary fiber intake is associated with decreased likelihood of death”, lead researcher Yikyung Park said.