Preventing a disease is far preferable to fighting one. It is widely believed that fiber plays an important role in helping the body stay healthy and a recently released review of 40 years of research offers important new evidence to support this assumption.
Initially, a meta-analysis undertaken by the World Health Organization (WHO)sought only to understand exactly how much fiber humans need to consume.1 The study reviewed 185 studies done over 40 years and included 4,600 test subjects. In the final analysis, the study revealed not only the amount of daily fiber the subjects needed to stay healthy, it also discovered that those subjects who consumed the proper amount of fiber had a significantly lower risk of contracting noncommunicable diseases.
Also known as chronic diseases, noncommunicable diseases include coronary heart disease, stroke, cancer, and type 2 diabetes. Throughout the study, subjects who consumed 25-29 grams of fiber daily were 16-24% less likely to contract one of these diseases. To put it in perspective, the average American adult only consumes an average of 15 grams of fiber a day.
So, what exactly is it that makes fiber so vital in the body’s overall health? The properties of fiber-rich foods like vegetables and whole grains allow them to retain their structure during digestion. This allows for an easier journey through the digestive system. Fiber also feeds healthy bacteria living in your gut that fight against diseases.
By consuming the recommended amount of daily fiber, you are doing more than just helping your digestive system. Fiber is scientifically proven to affect the overall health of your body. Keeping a healthy amount of fiber in the body is like providing fuel for your body’s defense systems! To help get more of the daily fiber you need, try delicious and convenient Fiber Choice®.
1Sandoiu, Ana. Study reveals how much fiber we should eat to prevent disease. Medical News Today. Jan. 11, 2019. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324153.php. Accessed April 10, 2019.