Each 7-gram increase in dietary fiber significantly lowers risk for heart disease.
High dietary fiber intakes have been associated with lower risks for coronary heart disease (CHD). A meta-analysis of 22 observational cohort studies found that every increase of 7-grams in total dietary fiber (amount in 1 cup bran flakes, 2 fresh apples, or 1 cup of raw peas) reduced the risk of CHD and cardiovascular disease events by 10%. Findings were also similar for soluble, insoluble, vegetable, cereal, and fruit fibers.
PositiveTip: Consuming fiber rich foods may indeed keep the doctor away!