That’s right, fiber, in addition to the fun gastrointestinal cleansing it does, was recently discovered to extend life. According to a study by the National Institutes of Health and AARP, there is a significant reduction in the risk of premature death for individuals who consume a high-fiber diet. The longitudinal study collected detailed personal dietary habits of over 200,000 men and women and found those who incorporated more fiber into their daily meals lowered their chances of cardiovascular, infectious, and respiratory disease by 24% to 56% in men and by 34% to 59% in women. Additionally, dietary fiber intake lowered the risk of cancer in men, but not in women. Eh, you can’t win em’ all.
The study provides some additional surprising data. The authors broke down the source of dietary fiber into whole grains, vegetables, fruits and bean sources. What they found was that the dietary fiber from whole grains with the bran and germ still intact contributed the largest effect of the association of high fiber intake with reduced mortality.
How about a round of applause for whole grains…