Multiple Fiber Sources
Best to Prevent Heart Disease
Another study shows a link between a high fiber diet and a lower heart
disease risk. The new study went a step further and compared various
sources of fiber. The French research looked at fiber from nuts, fruit,
grains and vegetables.
The study led by Denis Lairon, researcher at the French National Health
Institute (INSERM) indicates that multiple sources of fiber can benefit
the heart in multiple ways. For instance fiber from whole grains helps
lower blood pressure, the body mass index (BMI) and the blood protein
called homocysteine. Homocysteine can be a contributing risk factor for
Fruit fiber is associated with lower blood pressure and less abdominal
fat according to Reuters Health. Both homocysteine concentrations and
blood pressure may be lowered by eating vegetables.
Fiber from nuts, dried fruit and seeds was also beneficial. These foods
will likely lower your BMI, lessen the risk of abdominal fat and lower
blood sugar levels.
According to Lairon, the research points to the importance of multiple
fiber sources. Also since each 5 gram increase above the recommended
daily intake reduced the risks of being overweight or having high blood
pressure or high cholesterol, it may be wise to eat more than the
recommended 25 grams of fiber per day.
It has been estimated that American adults only consume about 15 grams
of fiber per day. The study was published in the December 2005 issue of
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. It included 6000 participants.
By Dan Wilson
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