Increase your fibre intake to beat bowel cancer

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People that eat enough fibre can cut their chances of developing bowel cancer by 20%, according to a new study published on the British Medical Journal website. Despite the fact that a high-fibre eating plan has always been considered to be good for one’s gut and been regarded as helping to protect against bowel cancer, this research serves to quantify the benefits afforded.

The evaluation of 25 scientific studies, involving nearly 2 million individuals, discovered that for every 10 gram rise in overall dietary fibre, the potential risk of bowel cancer fell by 10%.

Specialists suggest that adults should consume from 18 to 24 grams of fibre per day, however the typical intake in the UK is just 15 grams. This figure doe not take into consideration the broad variations between individuals that consume a lot of fibre and those that eat very little.

The research workers, from Imperial College London and also the Danish Cancer Society, determined that a large intake of dietary fibre, especially coming from cereals and whole grain products (such as wholemeal bread, oatmeal and brown rice) is linked to a lower potential for colorectal cancer.

Bowel cancer is responsible for the deaths of around 16,000 men and women in the UK annually, which is more than either breast or prostate cancer.

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