Everyone Agrees We Should Eat More of This Type of Food...
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There is a lot of disagreement when it comes to nutrition. There are countless different diets and healthy eating philosophies, but there is one type of food that everyone seems to agree on: fiber.
Fiber used to be considered a waste of space. After all, if your body doesn't digest it, why even eat it? But the more research is done on your gut bacteria, the more we realize how absolutely important fiber is to our health.
I've recommended the book "The Clever Gut Diet" a couple times. Now it seems like there is even more evidence about how important fiber is. A recent study reported the following...
"Observational data suggest a 15–30% decrease in all-cause and cardiovascular related mortality, and incidence of coronary heart disease, stroke incidence and mortality, type 2 diabetes, and colorectal cancer when comparing the highest dietary fibre consumers with the lowest consumers Clinical trials show significantly lower bodyweight, systolic blood pressure, and total cholesterol when comparing higher with lower intakes of dietary fibre. Risk reduction associated with a range of critical outcomes was greatest when daily intake of dietary fibre was between 25 g and 29 g. Dose-response curves suggested that higher intakes of dietary fibre could confer even greater benefit to protect against cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, and colorectal and breast cancer. Similar findings for whole grain intake were observed."
Here's another article that may help.
If you have studied gut health, I'd love to hear your recommendations for resources.