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Healthcare & productivity savings if grain fibre intake increased in NZ

New research has highlighted the importance of grain fibres to the management of cholesterol and blood sugar and reduction of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.

Sadly our intake of dietary fibre is sub-par with an Adult Nutrition Survey in 2008/9 finding men only eat on average 22.8g of dietary fibre and women 17.9g per day (compared to the 30g and 25g recommended respectively).

While this research has been commissioned by Kellogg’s (with an obvious vested interest in selling more grains) it was carried out by Nutrition Research Australia in association with Deloitte who acted as a third-party to assess the economic ramifications of dietary change and to consult on methodology and analysis of the research.

While there is good national awareness that fruit and vegetables are a good source of dietary fibre a study in 2015 of 706 New Zealander’s found low awareness as to what people thought constitutes a “whole grain”. The study found that 17% of women and 8% of men avoid grains believing they are then more likely to lose weight, be healthy and have less bloating.

The researchers of this current Kellogg’s report have looked at the effects increasing the intake of grains would have on reducing healthcare expenditure for diabetes and heart disease and productivity savings (through less premature death and hours lost from the workforce). They concluded that $46 million in total would be saved for every 1g of extra grain fibre consumed across the adult population making this report very interesting reading.

If you would like to assess your own dietary fibre intake relative to your cholesterol and blood sugar levels then contact us today

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