Fibre-rich diet could protect your heart

19 December 2013        

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Greater dietary fibre intake is linked to a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease, research has suggested.

Researchers from The University of Leeds reviewed literature on fibre intake and cardiovascular risk. The analysis showed that risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) or coronary heart disease (CHD) steadily lowers with increasing fibre intake.

A significantly lower risk of CVD and CHD was observed with every additional seven grams of fibre consumed per day.

Don’t pass on the sprouts and parsnips this Christmas.


Our Senior Dietitian, Victoria Taylor, said: “It’s well known that eating a diet rich in fibre will help keep our digestive systems healthy, but the link between fibre and our hearts is less clear.

“Though we don’t know exactly what causes this association between fibre intake and coronary heart disease risk, a number of foods like fruit, veg and pulses are all easy to include within a balanced diet and are satisfying to eat.

“The researchers suggest an extra seven grams of fibre each day may help your heart. This is the same as a portion of wholegrains, lentils, or a couple of portions of vegetables. So don’t pass on the sprouts and parsnips this Christmas and keep it up to help look after your heart and your digestive system into the New Year.”