How Fiber Intake Could Save You From Cancer

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Some habits could save your life.  Yes you are reading it right.  It could save you from cancer.  Specifically breast cancer.  One of the research conducted on very large number of respondents  show that building the habit of eating fiber can help avoid breast cancer in early adults and premenopausal women.  Dietary fiber has a lot of health benefits for people of all ages especially in young ladies and women. And according to a new study in the U.S., a high-fiber diet for teens could even reduce the risk of developing breast cancer later on in life.

Relation Between Fiber Intake and Cancer Avoidance

An extensive long-term research was conducted in a study of more than 44,000 women. The researchers found out that the participants who ate the most amounts of fiber-rich foods during their high school and early adulthood years were able to reduce by 16 to 20 percent the chances of getting affected by breast cancer compared to those who ate the least amount of fiber in their younger years. The research team also noted that an additional 10 grams of fiber intake per day could decrease the risk of breast cancer by 14 percent.

The study suggests that fiber intake may have protective effect from breast cancer.  The women were questioned on diet during their adolescent years and researcher were able to correlate the dietary fiber intake and risk of breast cancer.

Here is the conclusion from the

Our findings support the hypothesis that higher fiber intakes reduce Breast Cancer risk and suggest that intake during adolescence and early adulthood may be particularly important.

Here is another conclusion published at

Farvid et al evaluated >44 000 women in the ongoing NHSII (Nurse’s Health Study II) prospective cohort study and found that increasing adolescent and early adulthood fiber intake was associated with significantly lower risk of invasive breast cancer. The women reporting the highest quintile of fiber intake had an impressively lower risk of breast cancer compared with the lowest quintile (relative risk, 0.75), and this finding was stronger in premenopausal breast cancer (relative risk, 0.68).

However, the women were surveyed about their adolescent diet when they were in their 30s and 40s. Although the investigators discuss the validation of the dietary survey, the recollection of dietary habits more than a decade earlier must be questioned. They used rigorous methodology to attempt to control for confounding factors, and although there may be confounding dietary or lifestyle factors also contributing to these findings, the associations are interesting and deserve further study. In particular, the association between dietary fiber and weight must be examined prospectively to understand the clinical impact of the authors’ findings. It is reasonable for pediatricians to encourage a high-fiber diet and include decreasing breast cancer risk as one of the potential benefits.

Where to Get Dietary Fiber

Dietary fiber can be found in many vegetables and fruits as well as nuts and seeds.  Basically almost all plant based contain some amount of fiber.  But I find that nuts such as almonds and walnuts, seeds like flax and chia and bright colored vegetables such as broccoli, spinach and bell pepper along with carrots are great foods to have for their fiber content as well as other nutrients.

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