Eat Fiber: Weigh Less and Fight Cardiovascular Disease
A diet high
in cereal, vegetables and other plant fiber may be the latest weapon in
the battle of the bulge. Obesity in the United States is considered an
epidemic, and too many pounds can set the stage for numerous health
problems, particularly heart disease.
diets may help protect against obesity and heart disease, according to
a new study published in Journal of the American Medical Association.
In the 10-year study of more than 2,900 adults, low- fiber diets were
associated with excessive weight gain.
study participants who got more fiber into their everyday diets weighed
an average eight pounds less than their counterparts who did not eat
much fiber. The findings held true, regardless of a person's fat
acquire more of their fiber from cold breakfast cereal than any other
food, followed by apples, bananas, oranges, peas, cooked carrots and
it's easy to boost daily fiber intake. Start your day with a bowl of
whole-grain cereal. Read labels to check fiber content. Grab
whole-grain toast instead of a bagel, and make your sandwiches with
whole grain bread. Also, eat at least five servings of fruits and
vegetables each day.