Eat your way to a longer life

   

An organic gala apple a day keeps the doctor away.

                    

We all know the basics about nutrition.  Fats, sodium and cholesterol are bad for us. Fiber, potassium, and protein are the good stuff, but did you know that eating a healthy amount of fiber daily can lead to a longer life?

Fiber is typically found in foods such as fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes.  Actually, fiber is the parts of plants that our bodies can’t digest.  So if we aren’t even digesting fiber, are there any benefits to eating it?

Frozen organic vegetables. $1.69 per pack at Kroger's.

An article written in the April edition of The Wellness Program’s “The Wellness Newsletter,” said that: “Those who consumed diets higher in fiber had a lower risk of death.”

The article described a study that was released in the Archives of Internal Medicine.  In the study, people between the ages of 50-71 were asked what they ate and were followed by the researchers for nine years. The article said the study found that “20% of men and women who ate the most fiber had a 22% lower risk of dying compared to those who ate the least amount.”  The article also took note that the researchers found it was mostly the consumption of grains that lowered the risk of all types of death.

You can almost always find Cascadian Farms organic cereal in my my pantry, a good source of grains.

Consuming fiber lowers cholesterol, aids in weight loss and also controls blood sugar levels, resulting in a reduced-risk of diabetes.  By doing a little bit of research on the internet, I also found that eating fiber makes you less likely to overeat.  This is because, typically, foods high in fiber require more chewing time.  This gives your body time to digest, and it will be easier to tell when you are fool.  I can’t remember where I learned this, but eating quickly can trick your body into thinking that you are starving when you actually are not.  Thus, you tend to over eat, which makes the chewing thing make sense. 

Fiber is not a hard thing to incorporate into your diet.  I would suggest packing organic cliff bars in your bag for a daily snack that are loaded with fiber.  Eating fiber for a reduced-risk

Gardenburgers are also a good source of dietary fiber. This particular brand I bought at Kroger's contains 4 grams of fiber.

of disease and a chance for a longer life should also be more initiative to eat those 5 servings of fruits and veggies I have talked about in a previous post.

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About tonicekada

I am a junior print journalism major at West Virginia University. I have two minors in Italian and fitness.
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