These Foods Aid Weight Loss And Reduce Heart Disease

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Eating these foods has
considerable health benefits, scientists have found.
Eating more fibre-rich foods,
like fruits and vegetables, could decrease the risk of heart disease by 30%,
new research concludes.
Higher fibre intake has also
been linked to weight loss and lower cholesterol levels.
Studies conducted over almost
40 years find that eating around 25-29 grams of dietary fibre a day has clear
health benefits.
Most people, though, consume
less than 20 grams per day.
In the US, the average intake
is 15 grams per day.
Fibre-rich foods reduce the
risk of cardiovascular disease, (15-30%), heart disease, stroke type 2 diabetes
and colorectal cancer (15-24%)
Fibre-rich foods include
vegetables, fruits, whole grains and pulses.
Professor Jim Mann, study
co-author, said:
“Our findings provide
convincing evidence for nutrition guidelines to focus on increasing dietary
fibre and on replacing refined grains with whole grains. This reduces incidence
risk and mortality from a broad range of important diseases.”
The study included data from
135 million people in almost two hundred different studies.
The results clearly showed
that the more dietary fibre people consumed, the more they were protected against
a wide variety of diseases.
Mann said:
“The health benefits of fibre
are supported by over 100 years of research into its chemistry, physical
properties, physiology and effects on metabolism. Fibre-rich whole foods that
require chewing and retain much of their structure in the gut increase satiety
and help weight control and can favourably influence lipid and glucose levels. The
breakdown of fibre in the large bowel by the resident bacteria has additional
wide-ranging effects including protection from colorectal cancer.”
The study was published in the
journal The Lancet (Reynolds et al., 2019).
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.