QUINN ON NUTRITION: The Importance of Dietary Fiber | Regain health
Barbara Quinn Tribune News Service
Reader BD asked me this challenge this week: âI would appreciate your advice as a dietician on this article on dietary fiber.
The article “Does a high fiber diet prevent disease?” “Written by Dr Sebastian Rushworth – a junior doctor in Stockholm, Sweden, graduating from medical school in 2020 – questions what he says is” the now widespread belief that dietary fiber is an important part of ‘a healthy diet “.
Rushworth points out that observational data (studies of people’s reported habits) âfinds a correlation between a low-fiber diet and just about any chronic disease you want to look at. However, most of the randomized trials that have been carried out have not demonstrated the benefit of increasing dietary fiber intake. “
Nutritional knowledge is constantly evolving. And although the evidence presented by this doctor between 2016 and 2017 seems to question the health benefits of dietary fiber, there are now even more reasons to seriously keep this component in our diets.
A vital question that has recently emerged in the field of nutrition is this: Studies on the effects of individual nutrients (such as dietary fiber) often do not tell the whole story. That’s why nutrition professionals, including those who wrote the current dietary guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025, are now focusing on eating habits rather than isolated nutrients.