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Millions of people are at risk of an early death because they do not eat enough fibre, according to a major study.
A review commissioned by the World Health Organisation found that people who get plenty of fibre in their diet cut their risk of early mortality by up to a third.
They also cut their risk of a heart attack, stroke, type two diabetes or bowel cancer by up to a quarter.
Yet the vast majority of adults in Britain - 91 per cent - eat less than the recommended daily amount. Similar figures exist in the US.