Back in the 1980’s the high fibre diet was very popular. I think I even had a book about it, but with the latest fad diets around, low carb, keto, the 2- 5 diet etc, the high fibre diet was left on the shelf. Until now that is.
A new review published in theLancet and commissioned by the World Health Organization, shows that eating more fibre will cut people’s chances of heart disease and early death.
The researchers investigated 185 observational studies containing data that related to 135m person years, as well as 58 clinical trials involving 4,635 adults. For every 8g increase in dietary fibre eaten per day, total deaths and incidences of coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes and colorectal cancer decreased by 5-27%. Protection against stroke and breast cancer also increased.
Among those who ate the most fibre, the analysis found a 15-30% reduction in deaths from all causes, as well as those related to the heart, compared with those eating the least fibre.
The review found that we should be eating at least 25g to 29g of fibre a day, with indications that over 30g is even better. Most people in the world manage less than 20g.
Minimally processed fibrous foods can also help people lose weight. “The randomised controlled trials involving an increase in the intake of whole grains showed reduction in body weight and cholesterol,” says the paper
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