Fibre is nearly indigestible, so it should be eaten often. This sounds like a contradiction, but the plant fibres from grain, vegetables, or fruit swell up in the stomach, providing a quicker and longer sense of fullness, thereby helping in the weight loss process. However, there are other reasons why indigestible fibre should have a more fixed position in your diet.
Effective protection against circulatory diseases
Early this year American scientists published their studies of fibre in the Archives of Internal Medicine. They had analysed the dietary habits of over 388,000 participants. The result: The risk of dying of circulatory, infectious, or respiratory diseases was greatly reduced by regular consumption of fibre. In men this risk sank between 24 and 56 per cent, and 34 to 59 per cent in women. This has already long been indicated for circulatory diseases.
Fibre can relieve the intestine
A study that appeared in the July issue of the British Medical Journal concluded that regular consumption of fibre reduces the risk of intestinal diverticula. These are generally harmless eversions in the intestine. However, sometimes they can cause painful stomach cramps, bloating, bleeding, constipation, or diarrhoea. 47,000 health-conscious British adults were examined for purposes of the study. After eleven years 812 people acquired diverticula, 806 had to go to the hospital, and six died. The analysis showed that the people who ate a primarily vegetarian and fibre-rich diet had 30 per cent less risk of intestinal diverticula.