Did You Get Your Fill Of Fiber Today?

Research continues to prove that fiber-rich diets that include healthy whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, beans and fiber-infused foods like yogurt and soy milk, are excellent ways to improve digestion, eliminate toxins and drop extra weight. Now, new studies are revealing more benefits to eating more fiber.

Eating a diet rich in fiber, especially from cereal and whole grains, can reduce your risk of colorectal cancer by 20 percent, according to a study published on bmj.com. Participants who ate three servings a day of whole grain breads, cereals, oatmeal, brown rice and porridge saw the greatest reduction in risk.

Today's teens typically consume around 13 grams of fiber per day. That's far short of the recommended 26 grams for females and 38 grams for males. However, when they increased their fiber consumption, teens reduced their risk of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes, according to a study conducted at Michigan State University. Because of the results, the scientists actually suggest that diets focus on plant-based, nutrient-dense foods rather than focusing on reducing fat intake.

However, another story found that when children reduced their fat intake and increased their fiber, they were at lower risk for chronic disease like diabetes and heart disease once they reach adulthood, according to a study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. In the study, fat was limited to 28 percent of the daily calories consumed and fruits, vegetables and whole grains were highly encouraged.

So while you're serving yourself up a fiber-rich salad, be sure to make one for the kids, too!

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