Males older than 40 who eat a lot of fiber have less chance of getting a heart attack. Every 10 grams of extra fiber consumed reduces the chance of a heart attack by 17 percent.
This is the result of a study done at the University of Wageningen and the Dutch Institute for Public Health and Environment. Previous studies have shown that the consumption of fish, vegetables and fruit also reduce the risk of getting a heart attack.
The researchers looked at a group of 1400 men who were followed during 40 years. From 1960 till the year 2000 they answered 7 inquiries about their food habits and life style. The death rate due to cardiovascular disease was also recorded.
The research shows that not only does the consumption of fiber have beneficial effects on the long term, but it also reduces the risk of dying of a heart attack on the short term.
Men who start eating more fiber at a later age can still increase their health and reduce their risk of heart disease. Fiber is primarily found in whole grain products, vegetables and fruit.
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