Increased Fiber Intake May Protect Against Risk of Stroke

ATLANTA (August 1, 2013) — A study published in Stroke found that people who ate more dietary fiber were less like to have a stroke.

In a study entitled “Dietary Fiber Intake and Risk of First Stroke: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis”, authors Threapleton et al looked at past literature to determine if there was any association between total fiber intake and primary stroke.  The results of this meta-analysis suggest a need to increase daily fiber consumption in order to protect against risk of stroke.

According to Theresa Hedrick, a dietitian for the Calorie Control Council, this study is good because it emphasizes the importance of fiber in the diet. “Many people know the importance of fiber in digestive health, but this study shows that fiber may have even more health benefits.”