High Fiber Diet may Prevent Cancer
Author: Agata Blaszczak-Boxe
Publication date: February 01, 2016
Teenage girls and young women who consume high quantities of fiber are shown to have a decreased risk of breast cancer later in life according to a study conducted. Researcher's conducting the studying observed 90,500 women with ages varying from 27-44 years old, in which the women were asked their normal diets and were followed for 20 years. The study showed women who ate high amounts of fiber in early adulthood had a 12-19 percent lower risk of developing breast cancer, and women that had a high intake of fiber in their diets during there teenage years had a 24 percent lower risk of developing breast cancer, as compared to women who did not consume much fiber in there diet in early adulthood and teenage years. The recommended dietary intake of fiber is 25-35 grams per day, the study found that each additional 10 grams of fiber intake per day during adolescence reduces the risk of breast cancer by 14 percent. They compared 10 grams of fiber to one apple and two slices of whole wheat bread. Researchers are unable to pinpoint the exact reason for this finding but they believe fiber helps with reducing the levels of estrogen in the blood which has been associated with the development of breast cancer.
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