Dr Russ Blog - Get Heart Heathier with Fiber
Get Heart Heathier with Fiber
Created on 1/31/2014
You've long heard about fiber in the diet, especially as relates to the health of your intestines and being, well, regular.
You may also have heard that eating fiber is good for your heart - it's true.
A high fiber diet can help reduce cholesterol levels, and has other actions that together appear to help lower the risk for heart disease and stroke - in big ways.
A recent scientific review published in the British Medical Journal suggests that for every additional 7 grams of fiber added to your daily diet, your risk of developing cardiovascular disease decreases by 9%.
Recommended fiber intake is ~ 35-45 grams per day (most Americans only get about 15 grams of fiber each day).
The best way to increase your fiber intake is to eat more whole grains, vegetables and fruit. Just a couple of additional servings of vegetables or fruit can significantly increase the fiber content of your diet. Even cereal fiber has been shown to be beneficial (aim for the low-sugar varieties, though).
Go gently as you increase the amount of fiber you take in - large amounts of fiber, especially when you're not used to it, can cause gastrointestinal distress and discomfort.
Many fiber-rich foods are inexpensive and available year-round, leaving us all little excuse to not eat more of them - and, maybe, be healthier for it.
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