It is becoming well known that eating a diet that is high in fiber will help reduce the risk of heart disease. While we associate heart disease with adults, when teenagers incorporate high fiber foods into their diet there is a drop in the risk factors that are associated with heart disease and diabetes. High fiber foods include fruits and vegetables, grains, legumes and nuts.
This finding, as reported by Fox News, was discovered after the diets of over 2,000 teenagers in the United States were studies. The teens that ate the lowest amount of fiber, defined as less than 3 grams for every 1000 calories, were three times more likely to have the risk factors for heart disease when compared to the teens that ate the highest amount of fiber, defined as 11 grams or more fiber or every 1000 calories consumed. Nine percent of those eating low amounts of fiber had the risk factors while only three percent with a high fiber diet had these risk factors.
This is the latest report that adds more support for a diet that is rich in fiber. To reduce the risk of heart disease it is suggested that your diet should consist of at least three servings each of fruits and vegetables as well as two servings of whole grains every day. Processed foods should be avoided as much as possible.
It is now becoming clear that parents should not only be concerned about heart disease risk for themselves, but also for their children. Besides reducing heart disease risk factors, by incorporating high fiber foods regularly in the diets of their children they are setting a good example for when their children make food selections on their own in the future.Reported: November 9, 2011