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Cereal that could help you live longer

Eating Fiber Could Help You Live Longer

You probably know a high-fiber diet is good for your digestive system, but did you know it could help some individuals live longer?

A new study finds eating a high-fiber diet after a heart attack may help you live longer.

According to the BBC, researchers looked at the data of two nearly nine-year U.S. studies "involving more than 4,000 men and women who had survived a first heart attack and had provided information about their usual diet via questionnaires."

And KCBS reports what researchers found was extraordinary: "Boston researchers followed heart attack survivors and found that those who ate the most fiber from grains had a 25 percent lower chance of dying."

A writer for LiveScience points out another incredible fiber feat: "Every 10-gram increase in fiber intake per day corresponded to a 15 percent lower risk of dying during the study period."

Scientists, of course, can't definitively say if the high-fiber diet was the actual cause of an increased lifespan. Even still, CBS This Morning spoke with one doctor who says fiber has all kinds of health benefits.

Dr. Tara Narula told CBS that fiber can help lower your blood pressure, it can lower your LDL, which is the bad cholesterol; it can generally decrease inflammation; it helps modulate your blood sugar, so you're less tendency to develop diabetes, and it also makes you feel full quicker.

One important note: Science World Report says of the three types of fibers studied - cereal, fruit and vegetables - that "only cereal fiber has a strong link with enhanced long term survival after heart attack."

Raisin Bran, anyone? The study was published in the journal BMJ.

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Barb May 01 2014 at 4:19 PM

My dad lived to be 90 and ate 2 fried eggs, 3-4 slices bacon and two pieces of white toast with butter and jelly every day of hs life.

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hattie54 Barb May 01 2014 at 4:50 PM

Lucky b with good genes!!!! Did he work hard or sit on his butt all day?

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Fred Barb May 01 2014 at 6:20 PM

He had a good wife, I'm lucky to get mine to make me a cup of coffee.

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vbach May 01 2014 at 1:09 PM

you commentators are stupid!

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vbach vbach May 01 2014 at 1:10 PM


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Max May 01 2014 at 1:05 PM

Why would you want to live longer in this world?

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herradolf May 01 2014 at 1:03 PM

Nothing dramatically new here. The benefits of fiber are and have been well known for decades. Never hurts to reinforce the message. Here's my simple cereal. A multi-grain mixture say from Hodgson's or Bob's sold in the cereal section. Can add additional grains such as milled flax seeds, etc. Add water and nuke it according to directions (3 to 5 minutes). When done, add fruits or berries and instead of milk use Greek yogurt. Result is a low cost, low sugar and sodium, highly nutritious cereal laden with fiber. In addition it will keep you full for hours. Simple.

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finiz herradolf May 01 2014 at 2:29 PM

You're pretty smart. Drop the nuke and you're in the pink. RAF

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kjasperkc May 01 2014 at 7:46 PM

My grandfather lived to be 102 and enjoyed fried eggs and bacon and toast with BUTTER all of his life! My dad, his son, enjoyed cereal nearly each day and he died at the age of 60 from a heart attack.

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Mr. Ed kjasperkc May 01 2014 at 9:08 PM

based on those 2 people everyone should pattern their life exactly like them.

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welcome May 01 2014 at 8:34 PM

businessmen no more you can fool us any more we know the game by now . I will not buy any cereal.

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DANGEROUS DAN welcome May 01 2014 at 9:34 PM

somebody peed in my gene pool

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wlh1923 May 01 2014 at 12:16 PM

Problem is that ANY benefit one might gain by eating cereal is entirely lost by the (evil swill) milk that American put on the cereal. Milk is far more harmful that cereal is healthful

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sajwife May 01 2014 at 12:08 PM

Common sense tells one to eat healthy, which includes fiber rich cereals, and those lower in sugar. My grandmother knew this in the 20s-30s, and my mother learned it from her mother, and I've taught it to my children. Don't tell me why you can't eat these healthier cereals, tell me why you can.

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supermolar May 01 2014 at 9:53 PM

fiber is good. BUT if the cereal is made with genetically modified ingredients ( and many are) I would stay away from it like the plague.

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sherriemiranda1 supermolar May 02 2014 at 10:07 PM


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George May 01 2014 at 10:54 AM

wow a 25% less chance of dying! Does that mean 25% of the population might be living forever?

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