January 15, 2018
Fiber and Stroke Risk
Wellness Tip

Fiber and Stroke Risk

by Berkeley Wellness  

Here's another reason to eat more fiber: it may decrease the risk of stroke.

A recent analysis published in the journal Stroke, which combined data from eight large observational studies, found that for every 7-gram increase in daily fiber intake there was a 7 percent lower incidence of stroke. That’s the amount of fiber in about half a cup of cooked beans or two or three small servings of fruit or vegetables.

Fiber may reduce stroke risk in part by helping control blood pressure, blood cholesterol and blood sugar.

Higher intakes of fiber may also be a marker for a healthy diet and healthy lifestyle, even though the studies controlled for many such factors, including smoking, physical activity and daily calorie intake.