EATING high levels of fibre slashes the risk of early death by up to a third, a major study reveals. Experts found that whole grains, nuts and beans protect against heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke and bowel cancer. The Lancet study found people who ate the most roughage — 35g daily or 18 Weetabix — cut their early death risk by between 15 and 30 per cent. The average UK adult has around half this. The team from Otago University in New Zealand analysed 185 studies and 58 clinical trials. It revealed those who ate plenty of fibre were less likely to be fat and had lower blood sugar and “bad” cholesterol. Experts claim fibre takes longer to chew and digest, helping people feel fuller - which then helps them to eat less. It also boosts good gut bacteria, slashing the risk of bowel cancer. Scientists say thousands of lives would be saved each year if everyone ate 25g to 29g daily. Prof John Cummings, of Dundee University, said: “Reaching these levels is … [Read more...] about 90% of us aren’t eating enough fibre – but adding carbs to your diet could save your life
While everyone has been harping on about the benefits of complex high fat, low carb eating regimes, new research suggests that a much simpler approach might actually be the answer to living longer. In a major new study, conducted over almost 40 years, published in The Lancet, a high-fibre diet was associated with reduced risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke and cancer. Dietary sources of fibre include fresh fruit and veg, whole grains, pulses and nuts. Foods like lentils, kidney beans, artichokes and avocados, are particularly rich in fibre, which can aid digestion and prevent constipation, while also making you feel fuller for longer. The review, which was commissioned by the World Health Organization and carried out by researchers at the University of Otago in New Zealand, looked at 185 observational studies and 58 clinical trials. It found that people who ate the most fibre had a reduced risk … [Read more...] about 6 simple food swaps for a high-fibre diet
FIBRE is one of the most important elements of our diets – but do you know why? Here’s a comprehensive guide on how much fibre you should be consuming daily and how it helps your body function properly. What is fibre? Dietary fibre – also known as roughage – is the portion of plant-derived food that cannot be completely digested by the human body. It is made up of cellulose, lignin and pectin, all of which are resistant to the action of digestive enzymes. As it is not digested in the small intestine along with the rest of our food, it moves along to the large intestine and colon as waste product. Fibre helps to keep the digestive system healthy and helps prevent constipation. It bulks up stools making them softer and easier to pass through the bowel. Eating plenty of fibre is associated with a lower risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and bowel cancer. How much fibre should you consume in a day? Government guidelines published in July 2015 say our … [Read more...] about How much fibre should you eat a day and which foods are high in fibre?
SCOFFING high levels of fibre slashes the risk of early death by up to a third, a major study reveals. Experts found that whole grains, nuts and beans protect against heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, stroke and bowel cancer. The Lancet study found people who ate the most roughage — 35g daily or 18 Weetabix — cut their early death risk by between 15 and 30 per cent. The average UK adult has around half this. The team from Otago University in New Zealand analysed 185 studies and 58 clinical trials. It revealed those who ate plenty of fibre were less likely to be fat and had lower blood sugar and “bad” cholesterol. DON'T DO IT! First man to give birth in UK warns others not to try it as it's 'really hard' STRONGER SEX Women 'do have a higher pain thresholds than men - because they forget faster' BAD SNOOZE Waking up tired is an 'early sign of Alzheimer's disease', experts warn THICK HEAD Fat Brits with beer bellies 'have SMALLER brains - and higher dementia risk' … [Read more...] about Eating fibre found in nuts, beans and whole grains cuts risk of bowel cancer and heart disease, new study reveals
University of Adelaide researchers have delved into the realm of Star Wars and created a powerful tractor beam -- or light-driven energy trap -- for atoms. Rather than sucking space-ships into a space-station, this tractor beam pulls atoms into a microscopic hole at the centre of a special optical fibre. It is opening the way for new quantum experiments that may lead to new secure communications or advanced sensing technologies. Published in the journal Physical Review Applied, the researchers from the University's Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS) say this is the first time that scientists have been able to demonstrate a highly efficient 'waveguide trap'. The PhD student who developed the technology, Ashby Hilton, says: "Although tractor beams are green or blue in the movies, in this case the trap is made of invisible infra-red light. The beam grabs hold of atoms that are floating in a chamber that is almost completely emptied of gas -- a little sample of outer … [Read more...] about Trapping atoms, not space ships, with tractor beams