Researchers have long known that a diet rich in fiber can help protect against diabetes and obesity, but they have been unclear as to how. Now, investigators from France and Sweden say they have unveiled this mechanism. This is according to a study recently published in the journal Cell. The study revealed that mice who had a diet enriched with fibers – but that was high in both fat and sugar – gained significantly less weight, compared with mice who were fed a diet without fiber supplementation. Additionally, because of the increased sensitivity to insulin, mice who ate a high fiber diet were also protected against diabetes.
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