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Lack of fiber may be harming hearts

dietary fiberIf you’re not getting enough fiber in your diet, you’re not alone. Many Americans don’t, averaging a paltry 16 grams a day. And lack of fiber could be putting your heart at risk.

A recent study looking at data from more than 23,000 American adults found that skimping on fiber had strong ties to heart disease risk factors such as obesity, metabolic syndrome (high blood pressure, high triglyceride levels, large waist circumference and high blood sugar) and inflammation. Previous research supports the idea that dietary fiber can positively impact some of those factors. Depending on your age and gender, you may need anywhere from 21 to 38 grams of fiber—found in fruit, vegetables, whole grains and legumes—daily. The study was published in the American Journal of Medicine.