High cholesterol is one of the most common problems affecting people's health. Those who suffer from it have a higher risk of cardiovascular disease and therefore also a higher risk of mortality.
The "bad cholesterol" in the blood, which accumulates on the walls of the arteries and clogs them, is harmful to health. However, with a healthy diet and physical exercise, this type of cholesterol can be reduced.
Within our diet, fiber plays an especially important role in fighting cholesterol and improving our overall health. The American Heart Association recommends a daily intake of 25 grams of dietary fiber, which can be obtained from different sources such as whole-grain cereals, fruits, and vegetables, or legumes, among other foods
Those of whole grains, legumes, and most of the vegetables, have the mission of favoring in the intestinal transit.
According to a report by the World Cancer Research Foundation, there is "strong evidence" that foods containing dietary fiber protect against colorectal cancer.
Monique Tello, a clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School, recommends betting on healthy carbohydrates, cereals made with whole grains, bread, rice or whole-grain pasta, and vegetables.
"Eating at least 25 grammes of dietary fibre a day is associated with lower weight, blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, as well as a lower risk of developing heart disease, stroke and breast or colon cancer".
Besides being an excellent ally against cholesterol or cancer, fiber has another virtue, and that is the great satiety it provides, so it protects against overweight and obesity, two more than usual problems among the population.