High-fiber Diet May Cut Risk of Premature Death

February 25th, 2011

People who eat a lot of fiber every day may be less likely to die prematurely from a range of illnesses — including heart disease, cancer and infection, according to a U.S. study.

The benefits of fiber in weight loss, lowering cholesterol and protecting against heart disease have been well established by previous studies, but researchers said the finding that it might also help prevent other common killers was new.

“The results from this study suggest that fiber may have broader health benefits than what has been found before,” said Frank Hu, who studies nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health and wrote an editorial accompanying the study, which appeared in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

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