Each 7-gram increase in dietary fiber significantly lowers risk for heart disease.
High dietary fiber intakes have been associated with lower risks for coronary heart disease. An analysis of 22 studies found that every increase of 7-grams in total dietary fiber (amount in 2,5 dl. bran flakes, 2 fresh apples, or 2,5 dl. of raw peas) reduced the risk of coronary heart disease and cardiovascular disease events by 10%. Findings were also similar for soluble, insoluble, vegetable, cereal, and fruit fibers.
Consuming fiber rich foods may indeed keep the doctor away!
Fred Hardinge DrPH, RD
Source: PositiveChoices.com. Used with permission.