A consistently high-fiber diet can decidedly improve our health both in the short-term, and more importantly, over the long haul, combating heart disease in the process.
Research has concluded that a high-fiber diet can significantly reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, and is an efficient way to promote good heart health in general. This recent study has revealed a correlation between the everyday intake of high levels of fiber and a better chance of avoiding any type of cardiovascular issues over a lifetime. This is in stark contrast to those who do not adhere to such a diet.
The benefits of a high-fiber diet have been well documented, but this new study provides definitive evidence of a link between high fiber consumption and a reduced risk of heart disease. Donald M. Lloyd-Jones, a co-contributor to the study, explained the connection in more detail:
“It’s long been known that high fiber diets can help people lose weight, lower cholesterol and improve hypertension. The results of this study make a lot of sense because weight, cholesterol and hypertension are major determinants of your long-term risk for cardiovascular disease.”
The logic behind the results of the study is fairly sound. Author Hongyan Ning, the leader of the study, was pleased and somewhat surprised by the data accumulated in the study, which represented a diverse sample of 11,000 adults:
“The results are pretty amazing,” Ning stated. “Younger (20 to 39 years) and middle-aged (40 to 59 years) adults with the highest fiber intake, compared to those with the lowest fiber intake, showed a statistically significant lower lifetime risk for cardiovascular disease.”
While adhering to a consistent diet requires patience and discipline, the benefits of high fiber intake have never been so comprehensive. It is never to late to adjust unhealthy eating habits and develop a routine surrounding this type of diet. The average American diet is generally low in fiber, typically around 10-13 grams per day. These numbers are significantly lower than the 25 or more grams of dietary fiber recommended by the American Heart Association. It is advised that the source of this daily fiber be whole foods as opposed to processed foods. Lloyd-Jones commented on the distinction:
“A processed food may be high in fiber, but it also tends to be pretty high in sodium and likely higher in calories than an apple, for example, which provides the same amount of fiber.”
High-fiber intake can clearly impact our long-term health in a positive fashion, and can be accomplished by consuming more fruits, vegetables and whole grains on a daily basis.