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Starting A High-Fiber Diet Early In Life Lowers Risk Of Cardiovascular Disease

March 23, 2011: 12:00 AM EST
A high-fiber diet begun early in life was found to significantly lower the lifetime risk of cardiovascular disease in a U.S. study of adults between 20 and 59 years old. A high-fiber diet was particularly beneficial among younger people. A high-fiber diet is defined as a daily intake of 25 grams or more, but the researchers recommended that this daily fiber intake should be from whole foods, not processed fiber bars, supplements or drinks. For the study, researchers analyzed data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, a nationally representative sample of about 11,000 adults. "The study suggests that starting a high-fiber diet now may help improve your long-term risk," one of the researchers said.
Donald M. Lloyd-Jones, M.D., et al., "Load Up on Fiber Now, Avoid Heart Disease Later", Presentation, American Heart Association scientific sessions, March 23, 2011, © Northwestern University
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