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New Study: Dietary Fiber intake can decrease Disease

You should eat more of dietary fiber for improving health. This message comes following Eat more of Dietary Fiber to diminish diseases & improving healtha health review by scientists from India.

It suggests that to avoid initial problems, such as loose stools & intestinal gas, gradually increase your intake of high-fiber foods throughout the day in meals & snacks.

This was concluded after looking at research conducted on dietary fiber during the last few decades across the globe.

The team says that fruit, vegetables, whole-grain foods, such as muesli and porridge, beans and pulses, as readily available foods rich in dietary fiber. This was stated by the researchers in the International Journal of Food Safety, Nutrition and Public Health.

Also known as roughage, dietary fiber is the non-digestible parts of the fruit and vegetable products we eat. Dietary fiber is of two types, soluble dietary fiber and insoluble dietary fiber.

Soluble fiber is readily broken down or fermented in the colon into physiologically active byproducts and gases. Insoluble fiber is metabolically inert, but absorbs water as it passes through the digestive system, providing bulk for the intestinal muscles to work against and easing defecation.

Research has shown that modern food habits have, it seems, led to an increase in the incidence of obesity, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes type 2, points out Vikas R of the Rain Forest Research Institute, in Assam, India, along with his colleagues.

Such disease are growing more common in developing nations too, where a western diet of highly processed foods, high in sugars and saturated fats, beef and dairy products and low in dietary fiber is replacing traditional dietary foods.

The researchers say that it is important for the current generation and future generations that this component of our diets be reasserted through education and information. Both, soluble dietary fiber and insoluble dietary fiber are found in fruits, vegetables & whole-grain foods.

The dietary fiber has physiological actions such as reducing cholesterol and attenuating blood glucose, maintaining gastrointestinal health, and positively affecting calcium bioavailability and immune function.

The team concludes that given the ready availability, particularly in the west and in the relatively richer parts of the developing world of vegetables, fruit and other high-fiber foods, it is a matter of recommending that people eat more dietary fiber rather than consistently taking the unhealthy low-fiber option throughout their lives.

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