Fiber Flunks against Cancer?
Nov 3, 2011
"So this fiber thing has all been hype!" my neighbor once gloated. And no wonder.
The BuzzTwo studies in the prestigiousNew England Journal of Medicine(Apr 20, 2000) made headlines, calling into question the health benefits of fiber. One found that high-fiber diets did not reduce formation of polyps in the bowel. (Polyps are tiny growths that can turn into colon cancer.) The other showed that supplements of wheat bran don't reduce polyps either. Does this make fiber worthless?
The Bigger PictureWhat most news reports missed was pointed out in the sameNEJMissue. Both of these studies were too short (3 to 4 years) to detect another key way that fiber might fight colon cancer: by stopping existing polyps from turning malignant. Most important, we know that fiber fights diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, overweight, and constipation. And it may prevent breast cancer too.
My AdviceEat more fiber, not less. You need 25 to 35 g of fiber a day, but probably get only 11 to 13 g. To add an easy 15 g, try this: Have raisin bran instead of cornflakes, make your sandwich on whole wheat bread instead of white, and eat ½ cup baked beans instead of pasta salad.
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