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Dietary Fibers and Cardiometabolic Diseases

Author(s): Graziano Riccioni | Valeriana Sblendorio | Eugenio Gemello | Barbara Di Bello | Luca Scotti | Salvatore Cusenza | Nicolantonio D’Orazio

Journal: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
ISSN 1422-0067

Volume: 13;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 1524;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: dietary fiber (DF) | polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) | cardiovascular disease (CVD)

The high prevalence of cardiovascular disease (CVD) is largely attributable to the contemporary lifestyle that is often sedentary and includes a diet high in saturated fats and sugars and low ingestion of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), fruit, vegetables, and fiber. Experimental data from both animals and humans suggest an association between increased dietary fiber (DF) intakes and improved plasma lipid profiles, including reduced low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) concentrations. These observations underline that the intake of DF may protect against heart disease and stroke.
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