High Fiber, Lower Mortality
If there is one thing nutrition experts agree on, it’s fiber. There are truckloads of studies showing the benefits of eating more fibrous foods. In a new study published in The Lancet, people who consumed higher amounts of fiber reduced their risk of dying from heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and colon cancer by 16% to 24%, compared with those who had low intakes. The risk was reduced 5% to 27% more for each additional 8 grams of fiber added to the diet.
While the benefits of fiber are a no-brainer, most Americans fall seriously short of their daily recommendations. That’s why a plant-based diet based on whole foods is a great strategy for boosting your fiber intake. The highest fiber food sources are pulses (beans, lentils, peas), whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. So, make sure you include a pulse in your diet every day, consume more grains in their whole form, such as oats, barley, wheat, and sorghum, and power up on a wide variety of fruits, veggies, nuts, and seeds at every meal. Reap the rewards today!
Read more about the study here.
Image: Moroccan Chickpea Sorghum Bowl, Sharon Palmer, MSFS, RDN
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