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Fiber Lowers Risk of Stroke

Published Apr 02, 2013 by Personal Trainer Network

Dietary fiber is the part of the plant that the body does not get absorbed during digestion. The recommended intake is: at least 25 grams per day. To get an idea, one serving of whole wheat pasta, plus two servings of fruits or vegetables, provides about 7 grams of fiber.
Even though fiber is not absorbed, it has a lot of benefits...dietary fiber may help reduce risk factors for stroke, including high blood pressure and high blood levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) “bad” cholesterol. Every seven-gram increase in total dietary fiber is associated with a 7 percent lower risk of first-time stroke!
Greater intake of fiber-rich foods – such as whole-grains, fruits, vegetables and nuts – are important for everyone, and especially for those with stroke risk factors like being overweight, smoking and having high blood pressure.
In the United States, stroke is the fourth leading cause of death, killing more than 137,000 people annually. Among survivors, the disease is a leading cause of disability.
In addition to following a nutritious diet, stay physically active and avoid tobacco to help prevent stroke and other heart and blood vessel diseases!

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