October 3, 2023


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Fibre – ask why, not how – Diet & Health Today

Fibre – ask why, not how – Diet & Health Today


This week’s take note will come from my most prolific paper finder – Dr Peter Brukner from Australia. I really do not manage to do all the papers that Peter sends as a result of, but they’re normally various and exciting, so I test to go over as quite a few as possible. This one is on a basic matter, which keeps coming up – fibre – or fiber, as it is spelled in the US.

The paper was revealed in the BMJ in July 2022 and it was known as “Fibre intake for ideal health: how can healthcare gurus support men and women to achieve dietary tips?” penned by McKeown et al (Ref 1). It was aspect of the BMJ SwissRe “Food for Thought” collaboration, which dissatisfied me, as I assumed that this collaboration was targeted on difficult the status quo, not indulging it (Ref 2). The title tells us the researchers’ beliefs – there’s an ideal intake of fibre how can we make sure that people today take in this?

I’ve been significantly outspoken about fibre. The most important good reasons for this are 1) the claims built about fibre are not evidence based mostly and I never like claims currently being introduced as evidence primarily based when they are not. 2) I imagine that fibre is remaining promoted as the only ‘justification’ remaining for pushing carbs and 3) fibre health and fitness promises are designed so generally and so stridently that they have to have countering. I’m by no signifies the only human being countering them. Having said that, collectively, our counters are very small relative to the relentless fibre public relations campaign.