Low-fiber diet may be linked to higher risk of obesity, metabolic syndrome

The Huffington Post reported that research published in the American Journal of Medicine suggests that a low-fiber diet may be linked to “a higher risk of conditions such as obesity, metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular inflammation.” Investigators came to this conclusion after studying approximately 23,000 individuals.

HealthDay reported that the researchers found that, “compared to whites, Mexican-Americans had higher levels of fiber in their diet, while blacks had lower levels.”

Women ages 19 to 50 should get 25 grams of fiber each day, while men in the same age group should get 38 grams, according to guidelines from the Institute of Medicine. And women older than 50 should get 21 grams of fiber each day and men older than 50 should get 30. However, the study showed that average dietary fiber intake was 16.2 grams each day, for all age groups and genders.

Eating fiber won’t just protect your heart — research has also linked consumption with a lower risk of stroke, and even a longer life.