Yet another golden thread has been added to the rope connecting fiber and health.

On Feb.15, 2011, several news sources including Fox News and the Wall Street Journal reported results from a new study done by the National Cancer Institute. The study will be published on June 16, 2011 in the Archives of Internal Medicine. It concludes that a diet high in fiber not only lowers the risk of death from heart disease but also from infectious  respiratory diseases.

The study, conducted by the National Institute of Health and AARP, involved 388,000 adults ages 50 to 71 over a period of 9 years. For people that died over that period of time, a statistical analysis was performed on the cause of death. 

There were several findings of the study.

1. Men and women who ate the highest amounts of fiber were 22% less likely to die of any cause compared to people who ate the lowest amounts of fiber. This was stated by the study’s lead author Dr. Yikyung Park of the National Cancer Institute.

2. Fiber and health relates well to men in that they had a lower risk of cancer death.

3. The study finds the overall connection between fiber and health is strongest for diets high in fiber from grains.

4. The study did not find a reduced mortality connection associated with fiber from fruit.

5. There’s uncertainty about how it works, but the study suggests that fiber provides protection from dying from pneumonia and flu.

Losing Fat Facts note – – The connection between fiber and health has been known about for a long time in the weight loss industry. Fiber makes you feel full thus reducing your appetite. It also prevents blood sugar spikes thus reducing the “hungries.”

But there are a couple of surprises in the study. First, it’s surprising that fiber from fruit was not found to be beneficial from a mortality standpoint compared to fiber from grains. Does this mean the old “apple a day” maxim is useless. No. Apples are of benefit for many more reasons healthwise than for the fiber they contain. And it’s a fact that the fiber they contain will contribute to losing fat. 

The second surprise was the finding that a high fiber diet provided protection against dying from pneumonia and flu.

And as a last observation, we hope that final publication of the study results is not  done as just another ho-hum addition to some obscure  journal that no one sees.  It should be released with some fanfare to raise people’s awareness of a serious dietary consideration.   

The average American diet contains only roughly half of the fiber called for. Current daily recommendation is for 25 grams for women and 38 grams for men.

The best way to benefit from the connection between fiber and health is to eat a well balanced diet with a focus on natural foods rather than pre-processed foods. Eat foods such as grains, oatmeal, beans, legumes, fruits and vegetables. The key here is creating the right balance of the right foods.

By creating this balance, you’ll be able to eat generously while still losing fat without counting calories. Creating this balance is not “rocket science” once you know the facts. But there are some issues to be aware of to avoid problems and get maximum benefits.

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Remember that before starting on any diet or exercise program, be sure to check with your physician first to get their concurrence and advice about your plans and goals.

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