If you need yet another reason to get your fiber on – a new study shows cereal fiber can help keep diabetes at bay.
A study published in the journal Diabetologia showed that not only does dietary fiber help fight type 2 diabetes risk, but it also helps lower Body Mass Index (BMI) and keeps weight down.
The study was a meta-analysis which looked at data from over 350,000 subjects from 18 countries followed for over 10 years. Results showed that participants who ate 26 grams of fiber per day were 18 percent less likely to develop diabetes than those who ate 19 or less grams of fiber per day.
To put that in perspective, the typical American only eats 16 grams of fiber per day, so 26 grams is a pretty fierce fiber bump.
In this study, cereal fiber was shown to be particularly effective, more so than fruit or vegetable fiber.
One of the best ways to get cereal fiber is to consume whole grains.
And while you are at it, focus on your ABC’s: amaranth, buckwheat or barley, and corn – some great whole grain options that can easily work their way into your morning meal.
For more tips on getting your whole grains, check out these recipes from the Whole Grain Council. The Whole Grains Council has many resources available to help you learn more about whole grains and how to use them for your health.