April 2015 Issue

Fight Cancer with Fiber

Fitting fiber into your diet is a cancer-preventive strategy. Fiber most clearly protects against colorectal cancerórisk drops 10 percent for each 10-gram increase in fiber. Analysis combining 16 population studies also links higher fiber with lower breast cancer risk. Because fiber is a component of foods with nutrients and plant compounds (phytochemicals) that may help reduce cancer risk, itís difficult to isolate fiber-specific protection.

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