High-Fiber Diet Lowers Bowel Cancer Risk

Cereals fruitsI was aware that a diet rich in fibres is essential for the regulation of bowel function, but, according to a new study, fibres are the most effective method to combat bowel cancer.

Published by the British Medical Journal, the study, whose main aim was to investigate the association between intake of dietary fibre and whole grains and risk of colorectal cancer, points out that for every 10 gram increase in total dietary fibre, the risk of bowel cancer lowers by 10 per cent.

The discovery does not come as a surprise for members of the medical world since, for many years, nutritionists claimed that a high intake of dietary fibre regulated the bowel function. Some of the most appropriate fibre sources include wholegrain foods, fruits and vegetables.

Though the main role of dietary fibre is to keep healthy the digestive system, by avoiding constipation, it can also benefit diabetes, haemorrhoids, diverticulitis, blood cholesterol levels, coronary heart disease and weight control.

Nonetheless, the study’s authors declare that further research needs to be conducted in order to reveal the different types of fibre and their effects on different areas of the bowel, along with different lifestyles and dietary characteristics.

In spite of the crucial role played by the fibre intake, most people do not consume enough fibre. The ideal dose for adults would be of approximately 30 grams daily, suggests the Heart Foundation. For children the quantity amounts to 10 grams of fibre a day plus an additional gram for every year of age. For example, if your child is 10 years-old, he or she should eat 15-20 grams of fibre per day.

If you are convinced that fibres will benefit you, here are the simplest ways to increase your fibre intake:

  • consume cereals that include barley, wheat or oats;
  • eat wholemeal or multigrain breads and brown rice;
  • include fruit, dried fruit, nuts or wholemeal crackers in your snacks.


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