Fiber helps Cut Colon Cancer Risk

I read this article yesterday and as you all know — I gave up whole wheat/gluten a while back and have never felt or looked better — so I am very skeptical about this report. I realize they also mentioned that in the study “didn’t find that getting extra fiber from vegetables or fruits was linked with the decreased colorectal cancer risk”. I gotta say that I call foul on this one — and studies like this should be looked at much more carefully.

There are many sources of fiber — I found a list of gluten-free sources of fiber from Livestrong.com. 

I do find the fact that “researchers reviewed the results of 25 studies that included nearly 2 million people. They found that for each additional 10 grams of total dietary fiber and cereal fiber consumed a day, the person’s colorectal cancer risk decreased by 10 percent.” very encouraging!

Fiber From Whole Grains Could Cut Colorectal Cancer Risk: Study

Getting your fill of fiber from whole grains could help ward off colorectal cancer, according to a new review of studies.

Researchers from Britain and the Netherlands found that the more total dietary fiber and cereal fiber people consumed, the lower their colorectal cancer risk. For example, people who consumed an extra 90 grams of whole grains a day also had a 20 percent lower risk of colorectal cancer, according to the British Medical Journal review.

However, these researchers didn’t find that getting extra fiber from vegetables or fruits was linked with the decreased colorectal cancer risk, which means that there might be something else in the whole grains at work, too.

Researchers reviewed the results of 25 studies that included nearly 2 million people. They found that for each additional 10 grams of total dietary fiber and cereal fiber consumed a day, the person’s colorectal cancer risk decreased by 10 percent.

Study researcher Dagfinn Aune, of Imperial College London, told WebMD that even if a person starts off with a low level of fiber consumption — say, 5 grams a day — and increase it by 10 grams — to 15 grams a day — that could still be beneficial at lowering colorectal cancer risk.

“This study highlights the importance of a diet rich in fiber,” Dr. Anthony Starpoli, a gastroenterologist at Lenox Hill Hospital who was not involved with the study, told USA Today. “We know that soluble is most helpful in improving colon transit times. As the contents of the colon move at a better rate, there is thought to be less toxic exposure to the interior of the colon thereby reducing risk of developing colon cancer.”



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