High Fiber Diet prevents Cardiovascular Disease most effectively in Women

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(Best Syndication News) - A new study found that women showed the biggest benefit for preventing heart disease when they ate a high fiber diet. The research came from the Lund University in Sweden and showed that women who ate a high fiber diet had almost a 25 percent reduction in cardiovascular disease compare to those who at a low fiber diet.

The Dietary Fiber and Saturated Fat Intake Associations with Cardiovascular Disease Differ by Sex in the Malmö Diet and Cancer Cohort: A Prospective Study is published in the PLOS One scientific journal.

The study looked at the diet and nutrition of over 20,000 residents of Malmö, which is located in Sweden. The data came from the Malmö Diet and Cancer population study, which has been studying the diet and blood of 30,000 Malmö residents since the 1990’s. The researchers compared 13 nutrient values such as fiber, fats, proteins, carbohydrates, and compared them against the numbers of cardiovascular disease cases.

Peter Wallström, a researcher at Lund University and the primary author of the article, said that for men the benefit was not as pronounced. However, men did benefit from preventing a stroke with a high fiber diet he said.

The researchers suggest one-reason women may have more heart disease prevention from eating a high fiber diet may be the kinds of food they eat. They saw that the women eating a high fiber diet tended to eat more fruits and vegetables, where as the men who ate a high fiber diet tended to eat more bread.

The researchers did not find an association between the other nutrients and cardiovascular disease risk.

By: Marsha Quinn
Health Reporter

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