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"Dietary fiber was inversely associated with insulin levels, weight gain and other risk factors for [cardiovascular disease] in young adults," according to results of the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults Study published in the Oct. 27 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. A total of 2,909 healthy black and white adults ages 18-30 at time of enrollment were followed for 10 years with follow-up exams at years two, five, seven and 10. Diet was measured at baseline and year seven. Total fat intake was not associated with body weight in whites and was moderately associated in blacks. Dietary fiber was inversely associated with body weight in both black and white participants. "Our study underscores the potential importance of dietary fiber to CVD risk," reported David Ludwig, MD/PhD, Children's Hospital, Boston, Mass., et al

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