We love carbs

| Post published on June 3, 2014
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Fibre as a natural part of our diet, improves our fat and sugar metabolism, blood vessel function, helps control blood pressure and facilitates weight loss. Our bodies evolved on fibre-rich foods and we need plenty to be healthy. A recent study looked at the diet of people who had suffered a heart attack in order to assess how changes in their diet post-heart attack might influence their health and survival chances. Those who changed their diet and increased their fibre intake post heart attack had significantly higher chances of survival. In particular, greater intake of fibre from wholegrains was found to be very beneficial. Increasing fibre consumption was also strongly associated with lower mortality from all causes, as well as cardiovascular disease.

Li S et al., 2014. Dietary fiber intake and mortality among survivors of myocardial infarction: prospective cohort study. BMJ. 348: g2659.

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Dr. Justine Butler
I joined Viva! as a health campaigner in 2005 after graduating from Bristol University with a PhD in molecular biology. My scientific training helped me research and write numerous reports, guides and fact sheets for Viva! including Meat the Truth, Fish-Free for Life, One in Nine (breast cancer and diet) and the substantial report on the detrimental health effects of consuming dairy; White Lies. This accompanied Viva!’s report The Dark Side of Dairy which spelt out the inherent cruelty of dairy farming. We were the first UK group to take on the dairy industry in this way, and many of our supporters go vegan after reading these reports.

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