Heart attack survival rate boosted by high-fibre diets

Research from the US has been released highlighting that patients who have suffered a heart attack will have their long term chances of recovery improved by eating a diet which is high in fibre.

These results have also been backed-up by the British Medical Journal – their own study into heart-attack survivors revealed that a high-fibre diet led to a further 9 years of life.  A 10 gram increase in fibre intake every day was linked with a 15% drop in death risk during the study.

A low-fibre diet is often thought to be linked to conditions such as constipation and gut diseases, including bowel cancer, but it may also have implications for heart health, say US researchers.

On average, most people in the UK get about 14g of fibre a day, against a target of at least 18g. US experts recommend up to 38g a day.

Fruit, such as bananas and apples, root vegetables, such as carrots and potatoes, wholemeal bread, cereals and bran are all good sources of dietary fibre.

Dietary fibre may also improve blood pressure and cholesterol, the experts revealed.

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