Harvard Women's Health Watch

High-fiber diet might reduce stroke risk

Adding just a couple of extra servings of fiber to your diet each day might help lower your risk of a stroke, according to an analysis published online March 28 in the journal Stroke.

After looking at eight different studies from around the world, researchers found that people who increased total dietary fiber by 7 grams a day—which you can get by eating a bowl of whole-grain pasta, an apple, and a serving of tomatoes—had a 7% lower stroke risk. The authors say fiber may help ward off strokes via its ability to control weight and lower elevated cholesterol levels. Women, on average, eat only 13 grams of fiber each day. To ensure you're getting enough fiber in your diet (25 grams daily for women), try to incorporate plenty of whole grains (brown rice, whole-wheat bread, quinoa), fruits, and vegetables into your diet.

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