Why health professionals recommend fiber

Recent studies show that fiber may be beneficial in reducing the risk of many lifestyle-related diseases.

Research suggests that fiber may:

• Help protect against colon cancer.

Fiber is on the list of highly probable protective factors in the prevention of colon cancer. In Europe, people with the highest intakes of fiber were shown to have a 25% lower risk of developing bowel cancer compared to those with the lowest intakes. And the effect appears to be stronger for cereal fiber than fiber from fruits, vegetables and beans.

• Reduce the risk of breast cancer.

A recent epidemiological study found that premenopausal women who ate more than 30 g of fiber a day were 50% less likely to develop breast cancer, with cereal fiber offering the most protection. Another study reported a 40% reduction in the risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women with fiber intakes above 26 g per day.

• Be linked to a reduced risk of diabetes.

People who regularly eat high-fiber diets are approximately one-third less likely to develop diabetes than those who eat low-fiber diets.

• Reduce coronary events by 40%.

• Be positively associated with longevity, according to a recent paper on dietary fiber intake.

Health Canada recently concluded that wheat bran is the best fiber to promote regularity. A single serving of All-Bran Original cereal goes a long way toward meeting recommended daily fiber amounts.

Enjoy your health with high-fiber diets.

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Dr. Anil Singhal MD (Homeo)