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Effects of Dietary Supplements of Wheat Bran and Cellulose on Faeces and Bowel Function

Br Med J 1973; 4 doi: (Published 17 November 1973) Cite this as: Br Med J 1973;4:392
  1. M. A. Eastwood,
  2. J. R. Kirkpatrick,
  3. W. D. Mitchell,
  4. Ann Bone,
  5. T. Hamilton


    In a study of bowel function in normal subjects wheat bran or cellulose was added to the diet for four weeks (16 g/day). Stool weight increased. Intestinal transit time did not significantly alter. Faecal bile acids did not increase but were diluted. It seems that the effect of these materials is to produce a bulky stool and that any symptomatic benefit they produce is secondary to this.