Fibre lowers bowel cancer risk
Eating a plant-based wholefood diet dramatically cuts the risk of bowel cancer.
New Zealander’s are the world champions at bowel cancer and we eat a low-fibre constipating diet.
Researchers from Imperial College London published a study in the British Medical Journal in 2011 showing that for every 10g a day increase in fibre intake, there is a 10% drop in the risk of bowel cancer.
Given bowel cancer is the #3 cancer in the world, then anything you can do to lower your risk of dying from this hideous disease is good news.
Reviewing the results of all previous observational studies in this area, covering almost two million people, the researchers in London, Leeds and the Netherlands analysed the data, finding fibre-rich foods – and particularly wholegrains, help prevent colorectal cancer.
“Eating plenty of fibre is just one of many things you can do to lower your risk of developing the disease, along with keeping a healthy weight, being physically active, cutting down on alcohol, red and processed meat, and not smoking”
Yinka Ebo, Cancer Research UK.
“Our analysis has found a linear association between dietary fibre and colorectal cancer. The more of this fibre you eat the better it is. Even moderate amounts have some effect”
Dagfinn Aune, lead study author and research associate in the department of epidemiology and biostatistics at Imperial College London.
“It is encouraging to know that simple changes to your diet and lifestyle could help protect you from the UK’s second biggest cancer killer”
Mark Flannagan, chief executive of Beating Bowel Cancer.
Originall research reported by BBC News on November 11, 2011.