Foods good for digestion include fruits and vegetables as well as other available products contain fiber. What's the big deal about fiber?
Fiber: You love it because it fills you up, keeps your digestion regular and is great for helping you get to and stay at a healthy weight. Moderate eating, a healthy digestive tract and a healthy weight can all help you live a longer, higher-quality life. But a recent study* points to another specific area where fiber is your friend: It may protect you against cardiovascular disease.
The study, which was recently published in the scientific journal PLOS One, looked at the eating habits of over 20,000 residents of the Swedish city of Malmö, with a focus on the risk of cardiovascular disease. The researchers analyzed the importance of 13 different nutrient variables (aspects of fiber, fats, proteins and carbohydrates).
“Women who ate a diet high in fiber had an almost 25 per cent lower risk of suffering from cardiovascular disease compared with women who ate a low-fiber diet. In men the effect was less pronounced. However, the results confirmed that a high-fiber diet does at least protect men from stroke”, says Peter Wallström, a researcher at Lund University and the primary author of the article.
While the reason for the different results between men and women is unclear, the researchers suspect it is because the women consumed fiber-rich foods from healthier sources than the men. The women got most of their fiber from digesting fruits and vegetables whereas the men in the study got most of their fiber from bread.