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Fiber-rich Diet Thwarts Gestational Diabetes

Those planning to get pregnant should go heavy on whole grain bread and cereals, according to a recent study funded by the National Institutes of Health.
A fiber-rich diet was found to be invaluable for soon-to-be pregnant women as it could help lower the risk for gestational diabetes. An earlier study revealed that those with a diet poor in fiber were twice more likely to deliver babies with high birth weight typical of diabetic pregnant women.
Dietary fiber, found in certain fruits and breads, can reduce risk for gestational diabetes and even prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes. To be specific, the study concluded that “every 10 grams of total daily fiber intake reducedthe risk of gestational diabetes by 26 percent.”
The indispensable benefits of fiber in preventing diabetes was even recognized by the American Diabetes Association, whose recently published Nutritional Guidelines includes the impor├é┬Čtance of high-fiber diet among people on the verge of acquiring the disease.

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