Blow to low carb diet as landmark study finds high fibre cuts heart disease risk

Review commissioned by WHO says fibre in ‘good’ carbohydrates such as wholegrain bread and oats has protective effect

Eating more fibre, found in wholegrain cereals, pasta and bread as well as nuts and pulses, will cut people’s chances of heart disease and early death, according to a landmark review commissioned by the World Health Organization.

The authors of the review, which will inform forthcoming WHO guidelines, say their findings are good news – but incompatible with fashionable low-carb diets.

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