A new study published in The Lancet revealed a correlation between an increased consumption of dietary fiber and and a reduced risk of developing a non-communicable disease.
What does this mean for your digestive health? Well, if you regularly consume at least 25 to 29 grams of dietary fiber per day, it could mean a reduced risk of cardiovascular-related diseases. According to the study, “eating fiber-rich foods [reduced] incidence of coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and colorectal cancer by 16-24%.”1 These non-communicable diseases (NCDs, or conditions not passed from person to person), are the leading cause of death worldwide, according to the World Health Association. Their high incidence and the staggering mortality rates associated with them make these findings even more significant.
For every 8-gram increase in dietary fiber consumption per day, total deaths from NCDs decreased 5-27%. Additionally, the study found that higher intakes of whole grains were associated with a 13-33% reduction in NCD incidents and tied this correlation to the high dietary fiber content in whole grains. In summary, while research on dietary fiber is ongoing, there is compelling evidence that increasing your consumption of whole grains and dietary fiber may help protect against some of the world’s deadliest conditions.
It’s always advisable to consult a physician before making a major lifestyle change; however, by increasing your daily dietary fiber intake by as little as 8 grams, you may be doing your body and longevity a favor! To help reach your daily dietary fiber goals, try delicious and convenient Fiber Choice®. Learn more about how Fiber Choice supplements can support your overall health.