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High-Fiber Diet Linked With Lower Risk Of Mortality From Cardiovascular, Other Diseases

February 14, 2011: 07:08 AM EST
A U.S. study of nine years’ worth of data from nearly 390,000 people who completed questionnaires found fiber intake levels to be associated with a significantly lower risk of death from cardiovascular and other diseases. Men in the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study, begun in 1995, consumed 13 to 29 grams of fiber a day, while women consumed 11 to 26 grams a day. The 20 percent of men and women who consumed the most fiber were 22 percent less likely to die than those consuming the least amounts. According to the researchers, the risk of disease was cut by 24 percent to 56 percent in men and 34 percent to 59 percent in women with high fiber intakes, especially from grains.
Yikyung Park, ScD, et al. , "Dietary Fiber Intake and Mortality in the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study", Archives of Internal Medicine, February 14, 2011, © American Medical Association
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