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Incorporating more high fiber foods in your diet may help prevent chronic lung disease according to a recent study published in the January 2010 issue of American Journal of Epidemiology.
For the study, researchers analyzed dietary data of over 100,000 physicians, nurses and other health professionals. The study participants filled out detailed dietary questionnaires between 1984 and 1986 and every few years thereafter.
The participants were also asked to report any newly diagnosed medical conditions and their lifestyle habits.
After accounting for smoking and other outside variables, the researchers found that high fiber diets were associated with a one-third lower risk of chronic lung disease.
The researchers also looked at specific types of fiber and found that only fiber from whole grains affected chronic lung disease risk.
The study did not look into the mechanisms behind their findings, however, the researchers say the association makes logical sense because of the anti-inflammatory properties of fiber.
These properties may also make fiber extremely beneficial to our health on other fronts including helping to reduce the risk of heart disease, cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s, type-2 diabetes and arthritis.
Many experts advise most individuals to boost their daily fiber intake. Men should consume anywhere from 30 to 38 grams per day and women should get at least 21 to 25 grams.
Whole grains, fruits and vegetables are a great source of fiber. Some other foods high in fiber include, black beans, lentils, kidney beans and split peas.
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