Eating More Fiber Can Help Prevent Certain Types Of Cancer

A rise in colon cancer amongst young adults has many people concerned. But getting more fiber in your diet along with balanced eating--that means less sugar and animal fat--when you're younger can help prevent it.

A recent health report studied colorectal cancer rates among young adults (aged 20 - 40 years) and found an increase in incidences. Typically, colon cancer is more of a concern for adults after the age of forty when its recommended to get regular health screens. However, the rise in this type of cancer rates among younger adults is a source of concern.

Colorectal cancer starts as polyps in the colon or rectum which is the lower part of the intestines. Over time they can become cancerous. While it is not clear what causes colon cancer, some research suggests it is linked to diet, particularly the amount of fiber in the diet.

Studies have shown that consumers of the typical Western diet, which is low in fiber and high in processed foods and saturated fat, tend to exhibit higher rates of colon cancer, while consumers in other parts of the world eating more plant-based and minimally processed foods tend to avoid it.

Consuming more dietary fiber appears to be one link to avoid chronic illness of the colon. Fiber comes from plant-based foods. The insoluble portion helps move food through the intestines keeping the bowel healthy. The soluble portion of fiber also helps lower cholesterol and prevent heart disease. 

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