Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Fibre - not a miracle, but still great

So a very solid report came out today in the Journal of the American Medical Association that looked at studies that pooled over 725,628 men and women for up to 20 years to determine whether or not diets high in fibre reduced the risk of colon cancer.

The facts are straightforward, people eating diets higher in fibre do have a lower risk of colon cancer BUT it's probably not because of the fibre. It's probably because people who have diets high in fibre often live healthier and make healthier choices overall.

The fact is that dietary fibre DOES help reduce cholesterol levels, it DOES help keep calories under control, it DOES help reduce the body's resistance to insulin and overall is still a great idea to include in a healthy life.