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Fiber may help ensure a healthy childhood
Doctors measured fiber in the diets of 2,032 infants just over one year old. Following up five years later, at age six, doctors measured body fat, HDL cholesterol levels, triglycerides, insulin, and blood pressure, and combined these into a cardio-metabolic factor score. Each one-gram-per-day increase in dietary fiber increased HDL—the “good” cholesterol—and lowered triglyceride levels, and infants with higher fiber levels had better overall cardio-metabolic scores. Kids who got more fiber from whole foods such as potatoes, fruits, and vegetables had better cardio-metabolic scores than kids whose fiber came mostly from cereals. Doctors said that even though the effects were modest, high fiber in infancy reduces the cardiometabolic disease burden on society, and increases chances for a healthy adult life.


Reference: Nutrients; 2016, Vol. 8, No. 9, 531.
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