Fiber is now being associated with one of the most influential clues in achieving long term health into old age. It is associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers. For adults over 50, Dietary Guidelines calls for 28 grams of fiber a day for men, and 22 grams a day for women.
An Australian study of 1,609 healthy participants, 49 and older, studied health outcomes over 10 years. The study focused on successful aging, and piecing together the different variables. Successful aging was defined as free of chronic disease and fully functional. Out of all these participants, only 249 people achieved that goal. The researchers were surprised to find that fiber was the main link, averaging at 37 grams per day, with others in the group only averaging at 18 grams per day.
Fiber is the part of plants that your body can’t absorb or digest. Fiber passes through your stomach and small intestine into your colon almost unchanged. It’s important to eat lots of plants, grains, fruits, nuts and legumes to obtain proper fiber intake.
Information provided by Tufts University 9/2016