Fiber-Rich Diet Promotes Healthy Aging

We know that eating a diet that is rich in fiber provides numerous health benefits.  The latest research indicates that intake of dietary fiber may actually help people reach old age free of disability and disease.  How? “Soluble” fiber (found in oat bran, barley, nuts, seeds, beans, peas, lentils, and some fruits and vegetables) absorbs water and forms a gel that slows digestion and lowers blood cholesterol levels, thereby helping prevent heart disease.  “Insoluble fiber” (found in wheat, bran, vegetables, and whole grains), on the other hand, helps speed the passage of food through the gut and adds bulk to the stool.

Research indicates that adults with the highest fiber consumption were most likely to live longer, healthier lives.  The study mentioned above found that, after ten years, adults with the highest fiber intake were less likely to experience diabetes, hypertension, dementia, and disability.  Barclay Friends recognizes that a healthy diet can help older adults achieve and maintain their personal best and – with the help of a Registered Dietician – provides nutritious meals and snacks with the vitamins and minerals necessary to promote good health.

With Faith Woodward, Director of Admissions and Marketing