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Fibre does not protect against colon cancer

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 30 January 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:281
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. New York

    The largest study ever to examine the role of high fibre diets in protecting against colon cancer has found no benefit from eating fruits, vegetables, cereals, and other high fibre food products when it comes to preventing the disease (New England Journal of Medicine 1999;340:169-76).

    The study, led by a team of researchers from Harvard University and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, tracked the eating habits of 88757 female nurses aged 34 to 59 over 16 years. The study found that women who ate high fibre diets were no less likely to develop polyps, which …

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