Fiber comes in soluble and insoluble forms. It is an essential part of a healthy diet according the vast majority of nutritionists. People who lack enough fiber in their diet are often susceptible to one of the leading forms of cancer: colorectal cancer. In India, colorectal cancer is the seventh highest among men and women. Fiber can help prevent the formation of cancer by decreasing the time it takes for food to digest, dilution of carcinogens in stool and increasing digestive bacterial fermentation. A report by the European Prospective Investigation of Cancer and Nutrition evaluated half a million cases in 10 countries on the matter.
- Consumption of dietary fiber reduces the initial formation of cells that can lead to colo-rectal cancer.
- Colo-rectal cancer is ones of the most common forms of cancer in India. It mostly affects those older in age past 60. It forms in those who are obese, sedentary lifestyles and lack fiber in diet.
- The IANS report from The European Prospective Investigation of Cancer and Nutrition, had a pool of a half million participants in 10 countries
“Compared with the people who ate the least fibre, those who ate the most enjoyed a 42 per cent reduction in the risk of colon cancer.”