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Benefits of dietary fiber. Myth or medicine?
Postgrad Med. 1996 Feb; 99(2):153-6, 166-8, 171-2 passim.PM

Abstract

In recent years, many health claims have been made about dietary and supplemental fiber. However, some reports (eg, those regarding oat bran) have been controversial. A review of scientifically rigorous studies shows that fiber has some preventive or therapeutic benefits in irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulosis, colorectal cancer, diabetes, and hypercholesterolemia. However, it appears to have no direct benefit in patients with inflammatory bowel disease, gallstones, or obesity. The United States has one of the lowest per capita intakes of fiber in the world. Therefore, increasing daily fiber intake either through diet or with supplements is recommended for most Americans. Consumer interest groups should lobby for more fiber-enriched foods. The challenge for education and healthcare professionals alike is to remold the nation's interest in and understanding of dietary fiber.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Division of Gastroenterology, University of Florida, Gainesville 32610-0214 USA. wgb@cor.cdm.nemc.orgNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
Review

Language

eng

PubMed ID

8632964

Citation

Bennett, W G., and J J. Cerda. "Benefits of Dietary Fiber. Myth or Medicine?" Postgraduate Medicine, vol. 99, no. 2, 1996, 153-6, 166-8, 171-2 passim.
Bennett WG, Cerda JJ. Benefits of dietary fiber. Myth or medicine? Postgrad Med. 1996;99(2):153-6, 166-8, 171-2 passim.
Bennett, W. G., & Cerda, J. J. (1996). Benefits of dietary fiber. Myth or medicine? Postgraduate Medicine, 99(2), 153-6, 166-8, 171-2 passim.
Bennett WG, Cerda JJ. Benefits of Dietary Fiber. Myth or Medicine. Postgrad Med. 1996;99(2):153-6, 166-8, 171-2 passim. PubMed PMID: 8632964.
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