Fiber is heart-saving magic in 3 ways; It improves cholesterol, lowers blood pressure, and reduces belly fat — all good things in terms of lowering your risk of heart disease.
In a 14-year study, people who ate the most fiber (particularly from fruit and whole grains) saw their risk level drop by 18% compared to folks with minimal fiber intake. Fiber may help reduce breast cancer risk in women, too.
Heart-Healthy Tip: Enjoy a bowl of steel-cut oatmeal with berries and walnuts for breakfast. This fruity, nutty cereal gives you two types of fiber: soluble and insoluble, both of which can keep your heart beating strong and healthy.