Fiber keeps the elderly healthy
Eating plenty of fiber-rich fruits and bread may be a way to live longer and prevent chronic diseases, an Australian study found.
The scientists tracked the eating habits of about 1,600 people 49 years and older who didn’t have any history of cancer, stroke or heart disease for 10 years.
At the end of the study, about 250 people had no cancer and cardiovascular disease and also had no depression, disability, cognitive impairment, diabetes or other health problems. In particular, those who consumed the highest amount of fiber had a 79% reduction in aging compared to those of the same age who consumed the lowest amount.
According to nutrition experts, fresh fruits and vegetables, especially dark green vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, … are rich in fiber. Vegetables are considered “friends” of the elderly such as: oranges, grapefruit, watermelon, papaya, jute, spinach … provide plenty of vitamin C and are also a rich source of vitamin A to help increase resistance.
Fiber reduces inflammation – an important factor in many diseases. According to scientists at the University of Sydney, whole grains are high in fiber, reducing the risk of heart disease and cancer.
They also found no association between the health of the elderly and the amount of carbohydrates and sugar consumed. Fiber increases feelings of fullness and low energy, thereby reducing the risk of weight gain, obesity and chronic diseases. Fiber is found in plant foods such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes, and nuts.
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