High-fibre diet cuts bowel cancer

Eating plenty of fibre could cut your chance of developing bowel cancer by almost a fifth, according to a new study

A high-fibre diet has long been championed as being good for the gut, but a new study claims that it could also help protect against bowel cancer.

The study, published by the British Medical Journal, reports that for every 10gram increase in total dietary fibre, the risk of bowel cancer drops by 10 per cent.

Researchers from Imperial College London and the Danish Cancer Society conclude: ‘A high intake of dietary fibre, particularly from cereal and whole grains, is associated with a reduced risk of colorectal cancer.’

The average intake of fibre in Britain is only 15 grams a day, but experts recommend adults should be eating between 18 and 24 grams.

To increase your fibre intake, try eating more whole grain foods such as brown and wholemeal breads, cereals, oatmeal, brown rice and porridge.

Bowel cancer kills around 16,000 people in Briatin each year, which is more than breast cancer or prostate cancer.

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