WHO Study Finds High Fibre Diet Cuts Heart Disease Risk

A landmark study commissioned by the World Health Organisation has recently found that eating more of the 'good fibre' that's found in wholegrain breads, cereals and pasta is good for your health, cutting the risk of heart disease, contrary to previous reports.

Going back to September 2017 we covered the Fibre trend over in a healthwatching report over on our trendhub, looking at the recommendations at the time, the benefits and the emergence of high-fibre options. This contrasts to the many diets that promote low fibre and low carbohydrate diets, especially given the drive to reduce sugar in the national diet - a carbohydrate in itself.

The Guardian newspaper recently reported on the WHO findings, stating that we should eat at least 25g to 29g of fibre a day, with some indications that consuming over 30g is even better. Most people in the world manage an intake of less than 20g. The report went on to say that among those who ate the most fibre, there a reduction in deaths from all causes of between 15-30%. Coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and colorectal cancer were found to be reduced by 16-24%, and the findings mean if applied we could see up to 13 fewer deaths and 6 fewer cases of coronary heart disease for every 1,000 people who eat high-fibre foods compared with those who do not.

Read the full Guardian article on the study's findings here.