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Study Links Fiber Rich Diet With Lower Risk of Death

Researchers recently spent time reviewing the data from the National Institutes of Health-AARP Diet and Health Study, and concluded that people who eat whole grains and have a diet rich in fiber, have a reduced risk of dying at an early age. Fiber has been associated with good heart health for some time, and the Food and Drug Administration even allows companies to make heart disease health claims for fiber rich foods like psyllium, barley, and oats. Additionally the 2010 USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans encourages consuming fiber-rich fruits, vegetables and whole grains. The recent fiber findings were published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, and it helps support the fact that seniors can benefit from fiber rich diets.

More specifically the researchers found that diets which are high in fiber were linked with having a lower risk of death from all causes, including death from cardiovascular disease, respiratory diseases, and infectious diseases in women and men. Eating fiber was also linked to a lower death risk from cancer for men, but what was surprising is that the same correlation was not seen in women. However the researchers do not have a great understanding as to why this same association was not found to be true with women. The bottom line is that seniors should analyze how much fiber they have in their diet, as it is recommended to have 14 grams of fiber per 1,000 calories. Some of the popular fiber rich foods that seniors can consider eating include berries, beans, whole grains, sweet peas, greens, nuts, and squash. Another way for seniors to ensure they get enough fiber for the day is by using products like Metamucil, which allows you to get 7 grams of soluble fiber per day from psyllium husk by mixing it in water.

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