Scientists and health experts have researched the impact of fiber in one’s diet as it relates to preventing heart disease. Studies in Africa, Uganda in particular, note that almost no one there suffers from heart disease. Once people there live past middle age, they have very high chances of not getting heart disease. The sole coronary heart disease case in twenty six years in East Africa was from a patient who had a partially Westernized diet which lacked fiber. With Westernized diets (defined by the author as high in meat, eggs, and dairy, while low in plant based foods) becoming more prevalent in the world, coronary heart disease has gone from almost nothing to an epidemic on a global level.
The debate around fiber and its push as a panacea for all health problems started in the 1970’s. What was overlooked was the quality of the food that delivered the fiber. Highly processed foods that are high in fiber are likely to cause more damage than good, undoing the purpose of consuming them.
We end with a question, what if the focus had been on promoting plant based whole foods versus isolating a food component?
Fiber is but one component of a healthy diet, along with vegetables, fruits, nuts, etc. The concept of picking up fiber supplements to counteract poor eating habits is questioned, leaving the reader to wonder, what if?