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Benefits of High Fibre Diet and Why Is It Essential for Your Health?

February 10th, 2016

It has been medically recognized that a high fibre diet helps maintain health and wellness. And with recent studies, fibre is said to have more health benefits than initially recognized. In fact, a diet that contains extra fibre has many health benefits.

Prevents Heart Disease

According to a current article from MedicieNet, a Harvard study of 40, 00 males that consumed a high fibre diet had a 40% lower risk of coronary heart disease. Another study of more than 31,000 Seventh-day Adventists discovered that fibre reduced the risk of fatal coronary heart disease by 11% and nonfatal coronary heart disease by 44%.

Additionally, it seems that soluble fibre may lower the absorption of cholesterol in the intestines. Studies found that fibre binds with dietary cholesterol and bile so it can be excreted. As well, cholesterol levels were reduced from 8-26% with a higher fibre diet.

Bowel Issues

Many specialists will say the adding fibre to your diet is the key to healthier bowels. In fact, research has shown that when white flour was introduced and became prevalent in the diet, there was an increase in bowel disorders like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), hemorrhoids, polyps, diverticulitis, diverticulosis, and colon cancer. Also, research shows that high fibre diets especially diets high in fruits and vegetables may be a good preventative for diverticulosis. This is because fibre decreases pressure within the colon, lowers transit time and raises stool weight.

Lowers Blood Glucose Levels

Studies show that fibre may help reduce blood glucose levels and slow down the absorption of glucose in foods. In fact, healthy foods high in soluble fibre can help lower after meal blood sugar levels. Compared to refined or processed foods like white bread, soluble fiber is digested more slowly. And when the sugar from food is absorbed at a much slower rate, blood sugar spikes are prevented.

So sugar from your food is absorbed by your body at a slower rate. This cause blood sugar levels to rise more slowly and can prevent sudden blood sugar spikes. Great soluble fibre sources are oat bran and oatmeal, legumes, lentils, nuts, vegetables like carrots and broccoli and fruits such as bananas, apples (with skin), oranges, berries and pears.

Prevention of Constipation

Although constipation is a symptom and not a disease, it can be a sign of other health issues such as IBS, colon cancer, inactivity, multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s disease or other digestive issues.

Constipation is more common as you age, but it can affect all ages. Generally, constipation is not serious and is only temporary. Further, studies show that an increase in fibre can help regulate bowel movements (BMs). In fact, people who have a high fibre diet are less apt to get constipation. Good food choices include fresh fruits and vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds, whole-grain bread and unprocessed bran.

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