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Higher Daily Fiber Intake, Less Risk for Disease

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November 3rd, 2022

By Dr. Joseph Mercola

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

Doctors have a lot to say about how people can avoid catastrophic health events like strokes and heart attacks, but scientists in New Zealand recently perused thousands of studies spanning more than 40 years and identified a nutrient that can be a genuine game-changer in the alleviation and prevention of many diseases: fiber.

Researchers from the University of Otago conducted their review to verify why fiber has such a stellar reputation in helping to maintain overall health. They scrutinized 185 observational studies, which involved 135 million person-years and 58 clinical trials, comprising 4,635 adult participants.

Results of the study, published in The Lancet, revealed that people who make a habit of eating high amounts of dietary fiber are 15 to 30% less likely to die prematurely from any cause compared to people who include the least amounts of fiber.1

The researchers also disclosed that eating foods containing lots of fiber is directly correlated to a 16% to 24% lower incidence of stroke, Type 2 diabetes and heart disease, as well as colorectal cancer.

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the authors noted that the impact could translate to 13 fewer deaths and six fewer cases of coronary heart disease per 1,000 participants, and that eating plenty of high-fiber foods is also linked to decreased weight and optimized cholesterol levels.2

The Lancet study wasn’t the first to show how important fiber consumption is. A 2014 study published by the American Journal of Epidemiology showed much the same thing: that a 10% reduced risk for all-cause mortality was observed for every 10 grams of fiber participants added to their overall fiber intake.

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