Turns out fiber does more than just help with digestion. In a recent study done in Australia, researchers examined the impact of carbohydrate nutrition on healthy aging. The sample from the study was 1,600 individuals over 50, who were observed over a 10 year period. The study explored carbohydrate intake in a couple different ways; total carbohydrate intake, fiber intake, glycemic index and load and sugar intake.
To the researchers surprise the fiber had the largest impact on keeping the adults healthy as they aged. In fact, from the studies findings, those who had the highest fiber intake had an 80 percent greater likelihood of living a long, healthy life with lower risks of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
They thought that sugar intake would have the greatest risk, though they did note that their sample did not drink a lot of sugary soft drinks, which could change the results a bit... but all in all fiber will still help to keep you healthy.
To read more about the study you can click the link below.
So how do you increase your fiber intake?
EAT YOUR VEGETABLES!!!! and Fruit!!! Also beans and whole grains are good sources of fiber.
BEWARE of cereals and breads that claim to be high in fiber. See if they pass the FIBER FIVE TEST. In order to pass the test you must look at the amount of grams per servings of carbohydrates and the grams per serving of fiber. Divide your carbohydrate amount by the fiber amount and make sure that is it five or less. In the example below 23 /5 < 5 so you are good! You want to also make sure that the first ingredient on the food says WHOLE!
To learn more about the fiber rule you can watch a video on it by clicking the link below.