Tackling the Myths That Surround Fiber in Your Diet

The following is a free contribution from Jennifer Dawson. Enjoy! In 2012 an EPIC study smashed away all remaining doubts over the health benefits of fiber. EPIC, (the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition) studied the diets and health of 477,312 people (of whom 4,517 contracted colorectal cancer) and concluded that there is a direct link between low fiber diets and an increased chance of contracting cancer. To put it simply – the higher the levels of fiber in your diet from cereals and vegetable the lower your risk of colorectal cancer. Superb Soluble Fiber One of the greatest myths surrounding fiber is that all fiber is the same. Many insoluble fibers have been considered by some to be little more than junk for our bodies whereas the role of soluble fibers has been all but ignored by the mainstream media. Foods such as coffee can play a vital role in our diet by providing vital soluble fiber. Soluble fiber is a prebiotic and as such can promote a healthy gut fauna. By feeding your gut bacteria your general health improves in multifaceted ways. Multiple myths There are a large number of myths surrounding our diet such as the persistent idea that a high carbohydrate and low fat diet is in some way healthy (when the opposite is actually true). The benefits of high levels of fiber in some fruits can be negated by the high levels of...

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