Fiber-rich foods reduce the risk of breast cancer

According to a new study conducted by scientists from the U.S. and Canada, scientists from the U.S. have systematically reviewed 20 of the best quality studies on the relationship between fiber consumption and breast cancer risk and concluded that fiber can indeed have a protective effect. They published their results in Cancer magazine.

Fibre is a vegetable food component that is not digested by the body's digestive enzymes, but processed by a healthy intestinal microbiota. The main sources of fibre are fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes and whole grains. The WHO recommends daily consumption of at least 400 grams of fruits and vegetables.

Soluble fiber can dissolve in water. This includes, for instance, pectins. An example of insoluble fibre is cellulose, for example.

Scientists have analyzed 20 studies and concluded that high fiber consumption reduces the risk of breast cancer in women by 8%. And we are talking about soluble fiber. The data on the preventive effect of insoluble fiber were insignificant.

The researchers also found that the use of fiber in large amounts was most beneficial for women in the perimenopause (before menopause) - in women by 18% less likely to develop this cancer.

April 9, 2020, 9:53 a.m.

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