Higher fibre consumption tied to lower death rates

Consuming sufficient amounts of fibre has been linked to lower mortality rates from digestive and circulatory diseases, the Breakfast Cereal Information service said in a statement.

The study looked into the relationship between dietary fibre consumption and cause-specific mortality, surveying 452,717 Europeans, who had to fill in questionnaires regarding their daily fibre intake. The fibre content of the products they listed was then checked in a laboratory and death rates and the cause of deaths were examined.

Respondents were monitored for an average period of 12.7 years, in which time 23,582 deaths occurred. Overall, a higher fibre intake was associated with lower mortality, particularly from circulatory and digestive disease, as well as from inflammatory diseases which are not related to cancer or cardiovascular disease, explained Dr Carrie Ruxton from the Breakfast Cereal Information service.

She added that the findings from this study confirm what previous research has suggested, namely that eating breakfast cereal is linked to an increased intake of micronutrients, protein and carbohydrates. At the same time, people who regularly have breakfast high in fibre tend to consume less saturated fat, salt and sugar, compared to people who either skip breakfast or eat other food types in the morning.

Furthermore, cereal breakfast is linked to an increased consumption of milk, Dr Ruxton notes, with breakfast cereals accounting for 41% of the total milk consumption for UK adults and 42% of that for British children.