A good goal for those who want to reap health benefits would be to eat 25g to 29g dietary fiber…
A good goal for those who want to reap health benefits would be to eat 25g to 29g dietary fiber a day, found the analysis. – AFP pic
LONDON, Jan 1
1 – People who eat a lot of fiber and whole grain products have a lower risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and other chronic diseases than people whose diets are low in fiber, a study commissioned by the World Health Organization (WHO) says. .
For every 8g increase in fiber consumed one day, total death rates and incidents of heart disease reduced type 2 diabetes and bowel cancer by 5-27 percent, the study said. Stroke and breast cancer protection also rose.
A good goal for those who want to reap health benefits would be to eat 25g to 29g dietary fiber a day, found the analysis. However, the data published in a series of systematic reviews and meta-analyzes in the The Lancet medical journal also suggested that higher dietary fiber intake could provide even greater protection.
“Our results provide compelling evidence of nutritional guidelines to focus on increasing dietary fiber and on replacing refined grains with whole grains. This reduces the prevalence and mortality from a wide range of major diseases,” said Jim Mann, University Professor of Otago, New Zealand, which led the research.
According to the study, most people worldwide currently consume less than 20g of dietary fiber a day. In the UK in 2015, a nutritional advisory committee recommended an increase in dietary fiber intake to 30g a day, but only 9% of UK adults succeed in achieving that goal. In the United States, fiber intake among adults is on average 15 g per day.
Mann said that the health benefits of dietary fiber – in foods such as whole grains, pulses, vegetables and fruits – come from their chemistry, physical properties, physiology and its effects on metabolism.
“Fiber-rich whole foods that require chewing and retain much of their structure in the intestine increase saturation and help weight control,” he said. “(And) the division of fiber into the large intestine of the domestic bacteria has further widespread effects including protection against colorectal cancer.” – Reuters