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Increasing Fiber Intake Helps Heart Attack Survivors Live Longer

[Nature World News]

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People with high levels of fiber intake have a 25 percent lower risk of dying early post heart attack than people with low levels of fiber consumption. Also, every ten gram increase in fiber intake  is associated with a 15 percent lower risk of early death.

The research, conducted by Harvard School of Public Health scientists, shows that fiber isn’t just good for the colon but also for the heart.

Dietary fiber adds no nutrition to diet, but adds bulk. Research has shown that a diet high in fiber makes people feel full for longer. According to Medline Plus, adults need to eat 20 – 35 grams of fiber per day. The current fiber intake of an average American is around 10-15 grams.

Data for the study came from 121,700 female nurses in the  Nurses’ Health Study and 51,529 male health professionals enrolled in the Health Professional Follow-up Study. In both studies, participants had completed questionnaire about their diets and lifestyle, according to a news release.

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