Fiber Rich FoodsScientists say that the teenagers who eat enough of fiber-rich foods like whole grains, apples, cabbage, carrots, all sorts of berries, leafy greens and so on, have quite lower chances to suffer from such serious health conditions as type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Those are the findings of a recent study conducted by a group of scientists at Michigan State University in East Lansing. The study, however, does not reveal any sort of clear connections between the opposite, or consuming too much fatty foods or high cholesterol levels in blood and metabolic syndrome in teenagers.

The specialists analyzed the daily diet of over 200 modern teenagers aged between 12 and 19, aiming to find the links between the diet and the most common signs of metabolic syndrome: high levels of bad cholesterol, low levels of good cholesterol and high blood pressure.metabolic syndrome It was found out that in total, about 6 per cent of the teenagers displayed obvious signs of metabolic syndrome, and those who usually consumed the less fiber (less than 3 g per 1000 calories) were among those.

For the teenagers who do not like eating foods rich in fiber, the risks of developing metabolic syndrome, which is in many cases followed by such complications as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and others, can go as high as 9 per cent. At the same time, those teenagers who eat increased amounts of fiber-rich foods (in average more than 11 g per 1000 calories), the risks of developing the mentioned health conditions can fall down to only 3 per cent.

There has been quite a lot done on the link between exercise and metabolic syndrome, but not nutrition,”  says Dr. Joe Carlson, a head of the Division of Sports and Cardiovascular Nutrition and one of the study leaders. He stresses on the importance of eating a healthy diet for today’s teenagers, for their health and longevity. It is interesting that the received findings correspond greatly to the existing dietary guidelines and the recommended amounts of fiber consumption for teengers. In order to receive great results and maximize the effects of a proper fiber consumption, Dr. Carlson recommends every teenager to eat as much as two servings of whole grains, three servings of veggies and three servings of fruit every day. Read more about this interesting research in this month’s issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.

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