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High-fiber diet seems to cut risks to your heart

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM

Here’s another reason to eat your broccoli, and your beans, whole-grain bread and other fiber-rich foods. A high-fiber diet appears to reduce your lifetime risk of cardiovascular disease, according to research presented Wednesday at an American Heart Association meeting in Atlanta.

Northwestern University researchers analyzed data from more than 11,000 people who took part in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

People in the top 25 percent in dietary fiber intake — who consume more than 22 grams of dietary fiber a day from fruits, whole grains, beans and other vegetables — were more likely to have a lower lifetime risk for cardiovascular disease, according to lead study author Hongyan Ning, a statistical analyst in preventive medicine at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine.

That was especially so among people 20 to 39 and 40 to 59, Ning said, adding, “The association also applies to older adults, but it’s not as strong.”

Gannett News Service

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