High-fibre foods reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases
The risk of cardiovascular diseases may be reduced by eating foods that are high in fibre every day. Dietary fibre has a protective effect with regard to the risk factors associated with cardiovascular diseases.
It lowers your blood pressure, for example, and helps to prevent you from becoming overweight (fibre makes you feel full). Some fibres, in particular beta-glucans found in oats and barley, also have a positive effect on your cholesterol level, reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Pectin, which is naturally present in apples, also lowers cholesterol.
Every extra 7 grams of dietary fibre consumed per day reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases by 10%. Important sources of dietary fibre include wholegrain cereals and fruit.