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Dietary Fibre - Nutrition and Health Benefits

  • Shabnam Chhabra
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Abstract

Numerous researches have suggested a positive impact of fibre-rich diets on human health and its association with decreased prevalence of several non-communicable diseases. Population consuming adequate dietary fibre have shown reduced risk of chronic diseases due to the beneficial effects of its intake on the disease-associated risk factors. Although new references of fibre intake have been suggested for adults and young people, the recent data on dietary assessments of population indicate low intake of fibre-rich foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, oilseeds and wholegrain starchy foods in diet. Dietary fibre intake is highly recommended in various gastrointestinal diseases, cardiovascular conditions, type 2 diabetes and colorectal cancer; however the importance of fibre consumption for human health is still not very well acknowledged as compared to other nutrients such as carbohydrates and fats. The message of increasing consumption of fibre-rich foods containing both soluble and insoluble fibres, such as whole grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables, needs to be strongly propagated, and the most suitable advice of consuming dietary fibre from natural foods must be delivered.

Keywords

Cardiovascular diseases Colorectal cancer Diabetes Dietary fibre Gastrointestinal diseases Insoluble fibre Soluble fibre 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shabnam Chhabra
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  1. 1.Department of Home ScienceV.M.L.G (PG) CollegeGhaziabadIndia

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