Skip navigation

dietary fiber

Dietary Fiber and the Risk of Dying

Dietary fiber comes in the indigestible parts of plants. These pass through the human digestive system unchanged. Fiber has beneficial effects on our health by reducing the risk of heart disease, some cancers, and diabetes.

A new study provides evidence that the overall impact of fiber brings a reduced mortality rate. The less fiber you eat the more likely you are to die.

This fiber analysis was performed on the NIH (National Institutes of Health)-AARP Diet and Health Study that included 388,122 adults over the age of 50. In the 9 years of follow-up, there were 31,456 deaths. People who consumed the most fiber were 22 percent less likely to die than those who ate the least amount of fiber.

PositiveTip for

Does a Name Change Make it Healthy?

Wonder Bread makes another health pitch for white bread.

Wonder Bread was first promoted 60 years ago as a health food. It is again being promoted by the Hostess Company for its fortified goodness under a new name, Wonder Smartwhite.

This time it's marketed as having the "fiber of 100% whole wheat bread" for those "families who prefer the taste of white bread but want more nutrition." Funny how new names can create the impression of big change!

PositiveTip: No doubt this is a small improvement over the original Wonder Bread, but it still doesn't have the wholesome goodness of 100% whole wheat bread.