January 22, 2019

Fibre - hardly head grabbing news you would think but lately it’s been in the spotlight more than usual.  All this media focused attention grabbing has been the result of the publication of a study commissioned by the World Health Organisation to collect and provide data for the release of new recommendations for optimal daily fibre intake and to determine which types of carbohydrate provide the best protection against non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and weight gain (1).  The researchers included data from 185 observational studies which combined a total of 135 million human years and 58 clinical trials involving 4,635 adult participants conducted over a period of 40 years (pretty significant).

The comparison findings of the observational studies and the meta-analysis from the clinical trials indicate that there is 15-30% decrease in cardiovascular related and general mortality between those who eat the highest amount of fibre to those who eat the least. Consuming fibre-rich foods...

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