Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Women: Dietary Fiber Reduces Risk of Weight and Fat Gain

Not since your Grandmother has the word fibre been such a hot topic! It seems that on a daily basis we're inundated by advertisements promoting the consumption of fibre; now you can get your hands on pink grapefruit drinks, apple cobbler and chocolate chip granola bars and even yogurts and ice creams that pack big fibre punch! So why exactly is fibre all the rage these days?

For starters, most of us probably don't get enough of it. Not only can fibre reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and other not-so-fun conditions like constipation, but a new study claims that increasing your fibre intake can actually help you lose fat and over all weight.

The study published in The Journal of Nutrition measured food intake, body fat and weight of women at baseline and then 20 months later. What they found was that for every 1g increase in dietary fibre, weight decreased by about half a pound and fat decreased by 0.25 percentage point.

It's not rocket science - eating more fibre makes you feel fuller for longer, and it is super low-cal, meaning you can cut out a ton of calories, including fat, from your diet. Plus, with all of the health benefits and the fact that your bowels will be in top shape, fibre should be everyone's friend! Go ahead - Embrace the bran!