Health Check: Benefits of Fiber

Fiber is a necessary nutrient in a balanced diet, and a new study shows just how important that is.

Researchers from Harvard looked at the fiber intake of nearly 2,000 heart attack survivors. They found the risk of dying nine years after a heart attack was 25% lower for those who had the most fiber.

Researchers say fiber from cereal and grains provided particularly good health benefits. Foods that are high in fiber like whole grains also contain many other nutrients, including vitamins and antioxidants.