I have written a lot since starting this blog about research into the right foods for maintaining a healthy diet in later life. I have a strong self-interest in it, even though I am certainly not a health food fanatic, nor someone who can stick to a diet for long. Gradually as the years have advanced, so have the pounds. Advice about keeping fit and exercise also largely falls on deaf ears.
So today I found a new piece of research from Leeds University, that is particularly unwelcome —– eat a bowl of bran a day to avoid a stroke. I am sure it is good advice that I should be reminded of every time I wake up, but have the researchers eaten bran themselves ? I guess not, otherwise they would know why people don’t eat it ! It is like eating cardboard, which must be why so few people keep it up for long. Little children stop eating it after about 6 months or certainly as soon as they can get down from the table by themselves.
The important message behind this research is that 150,000 people in the UK suffer a stroke each year. Most of these are over 65 and although only one in five people die from strokes, many others are left with disabilities.
The key issue is to have a regular intake of fibre. My Dad worked at ICI Fibres but I think they were plastic 🙂
It is not so much “All Bran” as no bran for me. Fruit is a good alternative. (Click on “FRUITFUL RESEARCH” in the TAG CLOUD).
The other option mentioned by the researchers is half a can of baked beans a day. Trouble for me is that I usually accompany that with sausage, bacon, egg and fried bread, which I guess defeats the object !