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Dietary Fiber – Adding Years to Life

Tuesday, March 08, 2011
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Dietary Fiber – Adding years to Life
Discovering the elixir of immortality has evaded scientists but hasn’t prevented them from seeking ways of beating the aging process. Although life expectancy has steadily increased over the past 100 years, the thought now is that we can add years to our life by simply eating more whole grains, fruits and vegetables – Well, more fiber!

Several studies have focused on the the beneficial effects of dietary fiber in lowering blood sugar levels, cholesterol levels thereby reducing the risk of heart diseases, cancer and obesity. Based on these views researchers at the National Cancer Institute conducted a study on the effects of increased fiber intake on longevity of life.

Dr. Park,, from the NCI, examined carefully the relation of dietary fiber intake to total mortality and death from specific causes in the NIH – AARP diet and health study. A food frequency questionnaire was used to assess the diet at the baseline. Causes of death among the participants were recognized using the National Death Index Plus. The study was conducted over a period of nine years.



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22 September, 2011 | Prakruthi | Reply

Prakruthi Adequate fibre in your diet can go a long way towards improving digestive health, preventing heart disease, colon cancer and diabetes. In fact we can refer to fiber as the body’s internal broom, for as it passes through the digestive tract, it acts like a sponge, cleansing the waste matter and preventing constipation. This process helps prevent bowel related disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulitis and hemorrhoids, which can occur from the increased pressure created by hard stools.

01 April, 2011 | Vijayalakshmi Iyengar | Reply

Vijayalakshmi Iyengar I can quite believe the theory that people are beginning to have poor dentition as a result of eating highly refined foods and using their teeth so sparingly.
Increasing complex foods, high fiber foods, whole fresh fruits & vegetables as it was meant to be traditionally, can positively reverse the trend apart from the health benefits already mentioned above.

14 March, 2011 | Gaurav Sinha | Reply

Gaurav Sinha Hello,

I am 34 yrs old and my BMI is 22.3, I eat about 3-4 fruits per week and 1-2 vegetables a day. If a person has to consume about 30 gms of fiber per day, what is the amount of veggies, fruits and whole grains he has to include in a day meal. Please advise.

16 March, 2011 | Parul Bhatnagar | Reply

Parul Bhatnagar Dear Mr.Gaurav
A healthy diet with full of whole grain cereals like oats, wheat,bajra, barley, wheat bran , fruits , vegetables (specially in form of salads) ,pulses and legumes if consumed every day , will add good amount of fiber in your diet

15 March, 2011 | Poonam | Reply

Poonam Dear Mr Sinha,
If you eat a balanced diet which includes 5-7 servings of fresh vegetables and fruits(not juice),mostly whole grain cereals everyday, and beans at least 2/3 times a week, you will be able to meet your requirements of fiber.

15 March, 2011 | Vijayalakshmi Iyengar | Reply

Vijayalakshmi Iyengar Dear Mr Gaurav Sinha,
A balanced meal (which is planned based on dietary guidelines) is to ensure that the required amount of every nutrient will be furnished. We as dietitians look into each and everybody's requirement individually - physiological, to compensate for the persons activity, cultural variations etc and customize diets for the said individual. So if you register with us you will benefit from the same.
In any case if you click on this url, you will get a good idea of how much of each food you should consume daily.,340.aspx
Vijayalakshmi Iyengar
Sr Dietitian,

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