To Reach Your Healthy-Body Goals and Lose Weight, Just Add Fiber.
If there is one question plant eaters get the most, it’s this: Where do you get your protein? America’s obsession with protein, however, is misguided, as statistics show that nobody’s dying of protein deficiency in this country, and in fact, Americans consume too much protein, which can trigger diseases.
Yet studies do show that people are suffering because of fiber deficiency. One, in fact, found that not eating enough fruits and vegetables may be responsible for millions of deaths globally from heart disease and stroke every year around the world. According to the study published in the American Society of Nutrition, roughly 1 in 7 cardiovascular deaths could be attributed to not eating enough fruit and 1 in 12 cardiovascular deaths could be attributed to not eating enough vegetables. The impacts were most notable in countries with the lowest average intakes of fruits and vegetables.
“Fruits and vegetables are a modifiable component of diet that can impact preventable deaths globally,” said lead study author Victoria Miller, a postdoctoral researcher at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, said in a press release. “Our findings indicate the need for population-based efforts to increase fruit and vegetable consumption throughout the world.”