June 15, 2008

Numbers Game: Answer

A 2004 pooled analysis of 10 prospective studies on fiber intake and heart disease risk (led by Dr. Mark Pereira, at the time working for Harvard University, and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association's Archives of Internal Medicine) found that "coronary heart disease event" (i.e.: heart attacks) risk was lowered by 14 percent for every 10 grams of fiber consumed per day.

Yet another reason to be mindful of your fiber intake and shoot for 25 - 30 grams a day.

Interestingly enough, fiber from whole grains (such as brown rice, pictured at left) proved to be most powerful in lowering heart disease risk.


Anonymous said...

Just for accuracies sake, Mark Pereira is at the University of Minnesota now.

Andy Bellatti said...

I was aware of that, but thank you for pointing it out -- I have edited the wording of that paragraph to make it more clear.

La Diva Laura said...

I thought I ate healthy...I eat fresh veggies and hardly any proceessed food, whole wheat bread, fruit, salad, etc. Now I find since logging my food intake daily on the daily plate.com, I am signficantly under my daily requirements for fiber. How can I increase fiber without adding a lot of extra calories? I already know about eating brown rice, whole grains, etc. I also eat steel cut oatmeal often as well too.