A new study indicates that fiber may play a significant role in cutting stroke risk.
The systematic review and meta-analysis published in the journal Stroke looked at data from 8 studies involving over 327,000 individuals. Those who had the greatest intakes of fiber were the least likely to have had a stroke when compared to those with lower fiber intakes.
While the study did not differentiate between insoluble and soluble fiber intake, a combined extra 7 grams of dietary fiber per day lowered risk of hemorrhagic and ischemic stroke by 7%.
Considering that most Americans eat only about half of the roughly 30 grams of fiber per day they need, 7 grams might not sound like a lot – but it certainly can do a lot when it comes to overall cardiovascular disease risk profile.
What’s the best way to get your fiber? Fill up on naturally occurring sources of fiber: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and nuts and seeds.