Heart Health

24 March 2011

High-fibre diet good for the heart

New research suggests that middle-age and younger adults who eat high amounts of fibre are less likely to suffer from heart disease over their lives.

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New research suggests that middle-age and younger adults who eat high amounts of fibre are less likely to suffer from heart disease over their lives.

The findings add to existing research that links high-fibre diets to lower rates of high blood pressure, obesity and high cholesterol.

Researchers from Northwestern University came to the conclusion after studying the results of a 2003-2008 survey of 11,079 people, all aged 20 and older, with an average age of 46.

The researchers divided the study participants into four groups based on how much fibre they ate a day and then predicted their lifetime risk for heart disease based on such factors as blood pressure and whether they smoked.

In people 20 to 39 years old as well as those 40 to 59 years old, those who consumed the most fibre had a significantly lower risk for cardiovascular disease than those with the least intake of fibre, the study found.


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