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Study: High-Fiber Diet Does Not Cut Colon Cancer Risk

Tuesday, 13 December 2005 12:00 AM

Surprise - eating lots of fiber does not lower your risk of developing colon cancer, or at least that's what the latest study appears to show.

A Harvard School of Public Healthy analysis of 13 previous studies concludes that more fiber in the diet made no difference for colon cancer risk.

"Specifically, we found that men and women who ate at least 30 grams (1.1 ounce) of fiber a day had the same risk of colorectal (colon) cancer as men and women who ate 10 to 15 grams (0.4 to 0.5 ounce) of fiber a day," wrote study author Stephanie Smith-Warner.

Of the 725,000 people in the 13 studies, more than 8,000 were diagnosed with colon cancer.

The Harvard researchers still recommend eating high amounts of fiber. And their study did find that eating plenty of it cuts the risk of rectal cancer slightly.

Furthermore, a fiber-rich diet is known to ward off heart disease and diabetes.

The Harvard report was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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