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Fiber may lower CRP:
a marker of Heart Disease

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last updated: April 2006

fiber crp heart fruits vegetables whole grainsStudy confirmed that fiber can lower CRP - a marker of future heart disease and diabetes

Researchers from the University of Massachusetts Medical School followed over 500 participants where diet intake, body composition and C-reactive protein (CRP) were monitored during each 5 visits. Researchers found that the risk of having elevated levels of CRP was 63 percent lower among participants who ate a diet high in fiber. CRP was recently recognized as an independent predictor of heart disease & diabetes. The results of this study was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in April 2006.

Editor's Note - Fruits, Vegetables and Whole Grains!

It has been known for some time that high fiber intake may prevent heart disease. Indeed, we reported the results of a large-scale study published in January 2006 by London researchers. This study found that just 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day can reduce their risk of developing stroke by 25 percent.

In addition to fruits and vegetables, whole grains are also loaded with antioxidants and fiber.

To increase fiber intake in your diet

  • throw in some fresh berries, banana slices or apple bits in your cereal bowl
  • fill half of your plate with vegetables
  • order side salad instead of fries while dining out
  • have fresh fruits as desserts
  • snack on fruits instead of cookies or chips. Add yogurt as a dip to make it even more nutritiously balanced
  • have a slice of whole grain bread to replace your white bread
  • have a serving of whole grain breakfast cereal in the morning
  • substitute half of the white flour with whole wheat flour in your regular recipes for cookies, muffins, quick breads and pancakes
  • add brown rice, wild rice or barley in your vegetable soup
  • snack on popcorn instead of chips on movie nights

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