Study: Dietary Fiber Protects Against Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes

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Big Sandy, MT—KAMUT International released a media statement welcoming the news that the World Health Organization (WHO) published the results of a study confirming that a higher consumption of dietary fiber can protect against cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and colorectal and breast cancer.

The study, “Carbohydrate quality and human health: A series of systematic reviews and meta-analyses” by A. Reynolds, et al, was published in Journal Summaries in Internal Medicine. It involved prospective studies published from the beginning of the database to April 30, 2017, and randomized controlled trials published from the beginning of the database to February 28, 2018, which reported on indicators of carbohydrate quality and non-communicable disease incidence, mortality, and risk factors.

The study found that intake of dietary fiber and whole grains was a good indicator of health or lack thereof: “striking dose-response evidence shows that the connections to several non-communicable diseases could be causal.” As dietary fiber and high-quality carbohydrate intake increased, risk of those non-communicable diseases decreased, in a dose-responsive manner.

The study noted that risk reduction was greatest when daily intake of dietary fiber was between 25g and 29g.

KAMUT International produces KAMUT® Khorasan wheat, an ancient grain. Trevor Blyth, KAMUT International CEO, said in the statement, “At Kamut we have long worked to ensure high nutritional standards and the results of this study are encouraging for the future of whole grains.”

Bob Quinn, PhD, founder of KAMUT International, said in the statement, “Excepting those with celiac disease, there is a shift towards an understanding about the difference between ancient grains and modern wheat, which typically sacrifices taste, digestibility, and nutritional value for higher yields.”

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