Fiber plays an important role in lowering your risk of heart disease. Harvard researchers found that a high total dietary fiber intake was linked to a 40 percent lower risk of heart disease. In addition, several studies show a high-fiber diet with whole grains can also help prevent metabolic syndrome, which often leads to heart disease as well as diabetes.One of fiber’s key heart benefits is in reducing cholesterol. Including soluble fibers in your diet, such as those found in citrus fruits, oats, lentils and beans, reduces LDL (bad) cholesterol even lower than a diet low in saturated and trans fats and cholesterol alone. Oats have the highest proportion of soluble fiber of any grain.
Studies show fiber can also help reduce or even prevent high blood pressure. A Harvard study showed an intake of 24 grams/day or more of fiber was found to provide significant protection against developing high blood pressure.
Another study of people who already had high blood pressure showed that adding fiber to their diet significantly reduced both systolic (the top number in a blood pressure reading) and diastolic (the bottom number) blood pressure.
The average American only eats about 15 grams of dietary fiber per day, which is just half of the American Dietetic Association recommended amounts of 20 to 35 grams.
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