February 25, 2024


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

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


This week’s note comes from my most prolific paper finder – Dr Peter Brukner from Australia. I do not regulate to do all the papers that Peter sends via, but they’re generally various and fascinating, so I consider to go over as a lot of as doable. This one particular is on a traditional subject, which keeps coming up – fibre – or fiber, as it is spelled in the US.

The paper was released in the BMJ in July 2022 and it was called “Fibre intake for exceptional overall health: how can health care professionals assistance people to achieve nutritional recommendations?” published by McKeown et al (Ref 1). It was section of the BMJ SwissRe “Food for Thought” collaboration, which let down me, as I assumed that this collaboration was focused on hard the standing quo, not indulging it (Ref 2). The title tells us the researchers’ beliefs – there is an optimal intake of fibre how can we make sure that individuals consume this?

I’ve been especially outspoken about fibre. The most important good reasons for this are 1) the claims created about fibre are not evidence primarily based and I don’t like claims getting offered as proof centered when they’re not. 2) I consider that fibre is getting promoted as the only ‘justification’ remaining for pushing carbs and 3) fibre well being statements are designed so usually and so stridently that they require countering. I’m by no signifies the only person countering them. However, collectively, our counters are very small relative to the relentless fibre public relations marketing campaign.