The Dietary Fibre Hypothesis: A Historical Perspective

  • D. A. T. Southgate
Part of the ILSI Human Nutrition Reviews book series (ILSI HUMAN)


Most major scientific advances have not developed in a vacuum but have had their foundations in the body of scientific knowledge derived from previous work. This is particularly true of the dietary fibre hypothesis (Walker, 1974; Burkitt, 1983; Burkitt and Trowell, 1975) whose foundations were laid in three major strands of scientific endeavour. A historical account of the dietary fibre hypothesis must, therefore, start with an account of the research that provided the base from which the hypothesis emerged in the early 1970s.


Dietary Fibre Plant Cell Wall Short Chain Fatty Acid Cell Wall Material Faecal Bulking 
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