More Proof High-Fiber Diets Help Prevent Cancers, Heart Disease - HealthDay
Healthday.com - Sat 12 Jan 01:09 GMT

More Proof High-Fiber Diets Help Prevent Cancers, Heart Disease - HealthDay

A large, new analysis helps confirm that eating lots of grains, vegetables and fruit lowers your risk of dying early from cancer or heart disease.

  When compared with those who consume very little fiber, people at the high end of the fiber-eating spectrum saw their risk for dying from heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and/or colon cancer plummet by 16 to 24 percent, investigators reported.

  The team also concluded that more is definitely more: For every additional 8 grams of dietary fiber a person consumes, the risk for each of those illnesses was found to fall by another 5 to 27 percent.

  "The health benefits of fiber are supported by over 100 years of research into its chemistry, physical properties, physiology and effects on metabolism," said study author Andrew Reynolds, a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Otago in New Zealand.

  For example, every additional 15-gram bump in daily whole grain intake was found to curtail an individual's overall risk of early death -- as well as their risk of early death from heart disease -- by between 2 and 19 percent.

  And even for those whose diets have for years largely sidestepped fiber, Reynolds suggested it's never too late to start embracing fiber's benefits.