The festive period is notorious for over-indulgence.
But eating more fibre could stop you piling on weight from those pigs-in-blankets this Christmas, new research suggests.
Scientists claim it’s not just an abundance of calories that could ruin your waistline – a lack of the essential nutrient could be responsible.
Fibre is abundant in nuts, legumes and wholegrains. High amounts are also present in Christmas pudding, the festive favourite.
The conclusion, made by Swedish and American researchers, was based on feeding mice diets extremely low in the nutrient.
Eating more fibre, found in nuts, could stop you piling on weight from those pigs-in-blankets this Christmas, new research suggests
Experiments showed the rodents on the diet gained weight, had higher blood sugar and poor intestine health.
And they were also discovered to have an imbalance of gut bacteria, considered to be a major driver of obesity.
The two studies, published in Cell Host & Microbe, may explain why obesity rates are continuing to soar in the UK and US.
So-called Western diets, deemed a major factor for obesity, are notoriously low in fibre – but high in dangerous fats and sugar.
HIGH-FIBRE DIETS CAN BEAT BOWEL CANCER
Cereals and a high-fibre diet can officially help prevent and beat bowel cancer, according to research presented in November.
It is well known that eating plenty of roughage through foods like pulses, vegetables and fruit reduce your risk of the disease.
And US scientists discovered fibre boosts survival rates of those already diagnosed – even if their diet was poor before.
Compared to people with a low fibre intake, each additional five grams of roughage in the diet was linked with a 22 per cent lower risk of being diagnosed with and dying from bowel cancer.
And among those already diagnosed, each additional five grams of fiber added to the diet brought an 18 percent fall in the likelihood of dying from the illness.
But not all types of roughage had the same life-saving effects, noted the team from Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.