Donald M. Lloyd-Jones says the fiber intake must come from whole foods instead of unhealthy processed foods
Research supports the idea that high fiber diets help to fight against the cardiovascular disease risk and may also result in longer and healthier lives. High fiber diets are a good way to keep your heart healthy and a shift towards this diet means a completely new lifestyle which must be adopted by the young as well as the middle aged. According to a recent study, adults who had a high fiber intake in their daily lives had a lower chance of developing any cardiovascular disease as compared to those who had no fibre rich diets. This study proves to be quite helpful and will help people make changes in their unhealthy eating habits and also this is the first study of its kind which studies the impact of high fiber intake.
“It’s long been known that high fiber diets can help people lose weight, lower cholesterol and improve hypertension,” said Donald M. Lloyd-Jones, corresponding author of the study. “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 American Heart Association recommends an intake of 25 grams of dietary fiber or more a day and it is important to understand that this amount of fibre must be taken from whole foods instead of unhealthy processed foods. According to Donald M. Lloyd-Jones, “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."
The study was led by author Hongyan Ning who managed to study data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, a nationally representative sample of about 11,000 adults. “The results are pretty amazing,” Ning said. “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.”