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FIBER AND DEATH

CONSUMING MORE FIBER HELPS LONGEVITY, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Eating more fiber will help you live longer, a huge study looking at consumption of dietary fiber and death from any cause reported recently. Michele Bellantoni, a geriatrics expert at Johns Hopkins, says reaping this benefit yourself is simple.

BELLANTONI: The amount of dietary fiber it recommended here is 14 grams per 1000 calories a day. Since most Americans are targeting about a 2000 calories a day diet weíre looking at about 25-28 grams of dietary fiber. Well gee, how do I get that? We start out our day we look at breakfast cereals. Some of what I would consider the healthy breakfast cereals that we all look at the package and say, gee, thatís the picture of health, one gram, where others can give us 14 grams of dietary fiber. So thatís where we need to be more educated consumers and begin to read the package labels. :35

Bellantoni says fiber from whole grains appeared to have the most benefit in this study.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.


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