Regularly beginning your day with a high-fibre meal such as porridge could reduce the chances of developing Alzheimer’s, according to a study.
Researchers in Japan found people with fiber-rich diets, and particularly those consuming high levels of soluble fibre, were less likely to develop dementia.
Soluble fiber is found in foods including oats, peas, beans, lentils and peanuts.
The researchers tracked 3,379 adults aged between 40 and 64 for almost 20 years. Over that time 670 people developed dementia.
They divided their cohort into four groups according to the amount of fiber in their diet. Compared to the quarter who ate the least, those in the group that ate the most were 26 per cent less likely to develop dementia.
When specific foods were considered,