Friday, March 04, 2011

Why don't they call it roughage anymore?

Remember that—they used to call it roughage. Now it’s fiber…

Jennifer Corbett Dooren, WSJ, Feb 15, 2011, cites an NIH study that showed that people who munched a lot of fiber, especially from grains, had a significantly lower risk of dying over a nine-year period.

Whatever that actually means.

Fiber helps move things along, if you catch my drift, lowers blood cholesterol, and also blood glucose.

The study involved 388,000 people between 50 and 71. The whole schmear will be in the Archives of Internal Med June 14th.

Recommended fiber intake is 28 grams for a 2,000 calorie day.

The scientists crunched all these questionnaires and variables and concluded fiber is good for you. The more the better.

Veggie fiber is good, but fiber from grains and beans is better avoiding-death-wise.

Roughage better describes its effect on my insides, but suit yourself on the terminology.

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