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Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Low Fiber Intake Linked to Increase Diabetes and CV Risk
A recent trial from Brigham and Women's Hospital reports that there is a significant association between low dietary fiber intake and cardiometabolic risks, including metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular inflammation, and obesity.
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommends the following adequate intake levels for total fiber: 38 g per day for men aged 19-50 years, 30 g per day for men older than 50 years, 25 g per day for women aged 19-50 years, and 21 g per day for women older than 50 years.
In the above mentioned study, the authors found that on average, individuals only consumed 16.2 g per day, well below the IOM total recommended levels.
Therefore, to lower your cardiometabolic risk (and your waist line too), consider consuming more dietary fiber.