Fiber: A Closer Look at Health Benefits

February 16, 2010

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CHICAGO - Two new review studies in Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety, published by the Institute of Food Technologists, take a closer look at fiber—from the different types available to the role fiber plays in cardiovascular disease and overall health.

Lead author R. Chawla reviews the history of soluble dietary fiber and the most up-to-date research on its role in human nutrition and food availability. The authors discuss major soluble fibers such as oat fiber (found in oats), barley, wheat, and resistant starch found in whole grains, produce, and beans.

Researchers from AgroFood Technology Department at Miguel Hernandez University and Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogota, Colombia, discuss fiber as a functional food tool to aid in reducing the incidence of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Lead author M. Viuda-Martos discusses functional foods that include dietary fiber and combat CVD. Fiber is seen as

  • a reducing agent for high cholesterol,
  • a component for optimal gastrointestinal health,
  • integral for improvements in insulin response for diabetics,
  • a possible aid to reduce the risk of developing some cancers,
  • and a promising start to weight management research.

To read these comprehensive reviews visit: http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/fulltext/123287501/PDFSTART, http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/fulltext/123287499/PDFSTART.

 

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