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Dietary Fiber Helps Curb Appetite, and Promotes Heart Health

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  • Most people need upwards of 50 grams of fiber per 1,000 calories consumed. Most Americans get nowhere near this amount
  • A recent study found that those who ate the most fiber had a 25 percent reduced risk of dying from any cause within the next nine years, compared to those whose fiber intake was lacking
  • Those who increased their consumption of fiber after suffering a myocardial infarction also reduced their risk of dying from any cause, including further cardiovascular events
  • Research has shed new light on the mechanics behind the appetite suppressant potential of fiber. When microbes in your gut digest fiber, a molecule is released that signals your brain to stop eating
  • If your gut health is compromised, fiber may feed pathogenic bacteria. Healing your gut with probiotic-rich fermented vegetables is recommended before eating a high-fiber diet

By Dr. Mercola

You've probably heard that fiber is an important part of your diet, and in all likelihood, your reasons for including foods like whole wheat bran muffins is to ensure you're getting enough fiber.

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