A new study has proven how eating plenty of fibre helps you live longer.
According to the study, published in the Lancet medical journal, fibre reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and bowel cancer.
It also helps people lose weight and lower both blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
One of the researchers, Prof John Cummings, says the study investigated how much fibre people should be eating.
The answer is a minimum of 25g of fibre per day.
Prof Cummings says fibre is a unique and essential nutrient that should be taken seriously.
Fibre-containing foods include wholegrain cereals, fruits and vegetables and pulses such as beans and lentils as well as nuts and seeds, he explains.
The study is an analysis of many studies on diet.— John Cummings, Professor at the School of Medicine at the University of Dundee in Scotland
It focuses on which carbohydrates are good for us. Dietary fibre comes out on top.— John Cummings, Professor at the School of Medicine at the University of Dundee in Scotland
If you eat a high-fibre diet, you will substantially reduce your risk of disease.— John Cummings, Professor at the School of Medicine at the University of Dundee in Scotland
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