Meat eaters aren't getting enough fibre

A new study from the World Health Organization (WHO) says that eating more fibre will reduce chances of heart disease.

The WHO research recommends people to eat a minimum of 25g a day, with 30g an 'adequate' amount for improving health.

Plant-based foods such as pulses, whole grains and vegetables are rich in fibre.

In fact, as Professor Ian Rowlandhead of nutrition at the University of Readingtold The Independent, vegans naturally have a much higher fibre intake.

The latest WHO research was released this week with the study led by Professor Jim Mann at the University of Otago in New Zealand.

He told Otago Daily Times:

"We were all told dietary fibre was good for us, but until now we didn't know how good for us it was.
The magnitude of the effect that we got by doing these different kinds of studies and aggregating all the data from all around the world, and also looking at all the disease outcomes and not just whether fibre protects against diabetes, showed strikingly how high the risk reduction was.''

The research also indicates that Americans only get 15g of fibre a day on average, while the BBC reports 90% people aren't getting enough fibre.

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