08 Dec The importance of fibre to reduce your risk of bladder cancer
by Ashleigh Feltham, Accredited Practising Dietitian and Accredited Nutritionist
Including enough daily fibre in your diet has many health benefits. These include better blood sugar control and lower levels of chronic inflammation. These two factors are known to be linked to certain cancers including bladder cancer. Bladder cancer is the tenth most common cause of cancer in the world.
A review of data of 13 cohort studies which included 574,726 participants concluded that those who ate more whole grains and dietary fibre had a lower risk of developing bladder cancer. The individuals who included more than 8 g/d of whole grains and more than 23g of dietary fibre each day resulted in 28% reduced risk of developing bladder cancer compared to those with the lowest levels of whole grains and dietary fibre.
The combination of both whole grains and dietary fibre are suggested to be protective against bladder cancer due to the nutrients in whole grains such as antioxidants, phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals as well as the blood sugar and inflammatory reducing effects of the dietary fibre.
Dietary fibre can be found in plant products like beans, vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, legumes as well as in South Australian Gourmet Food Company Custards with Added Fibre. Each of these custards gives your body between 10.9-11g of dietary fibre. An adult needs between 25-38g of dietary fibre each day for health so one delicious custard will give you around 1/3rd of your daily requirements.
Take home message:
Dietary fibre is much more important than just keeping you regular and may help protect your body from diseases such as bladder cancer. Add South Australian Gourmet Food Company Custards with Added Fibre to your shopping list to make meeting your daily dietary fibre needs easy and enjoyable.