Friday, March 29, 2013

Fibre Can Reduce Risk of Strokes; Total Intake Of Plant-Based Foods Should Be At Least 20 Grams A Day

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An article, by Alan Mozes, in U.S. News and World report, says that an increase in dietary fibre can reduce the risk of strokes, which each year kills or debilitates millions of people worldwide. The study, done in Britain, concluded by saying that individual would do their bodies well by eating foods rich in dietary fibre; at least 20 grams a day is the recommended amount, the study's authors say:

Mozes writes:
For every 7-gram bump in daily fiber consumption, an individual's risk for experiencing an initial stroke appears to plummet 7 percent, the investigators concluded after analyzing 20-plus years of research."This is important because most people in the U.S. do not eat enough fiber-rich foods," said study co-author Victoria Burley, from the Center for Epidemiology & Biostatistics at the University of Leeds in England.
"Total dietary fiber intake should be 25 to 30 grams a day from food, but on average people in the U.S. are getting only half this amount," Burley said. Most people would have little trouble increasing overall fiber intake by 7 grams a day, the team concluded. A wide range of everyday foods—for example, a serving of whole-wheat pasta plus a piece of fruit and a standard serving of tomatoes—would enable people to reach this goal, the authors said.
The finding builds on prior evidence that has indicated consumption of plant-based dietary fiber — including fruits, nuts, vegetables and whole grains—may curb key factors that raise stroke risk, such as high blood pressure and elevated levels of so-called "bad" (LDL) cholesterol.
Strokes occur when a clot blocks a blood vessel to the brain or when a blood vessel bleeds into the brain. Stroke and other brain-based blood vessel diseases are collectively the world's second-leading killer, causing more than 6 million deaths annually and leaving large numbers of people with lasting disability.
As someone who has become more careful and aware of what he eats, I have increased the amount of fibre I consume daily. This includes a healthy amount of fruits and vegetables. This approach also has the added advantage of keeping me regular; there are also other studies that say that dietary fibre can reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.


You can read the rest of the article at [U.S. News]

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