Cereals, Fiber, and Cancer Prevention

  • Attilio Giacosa
  • Michael J. Hill
  • EPIC Consensus Panel
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 472)


All plant foods contain plant cell walls which contain dietary fibre and a range of other anticarcinogenic agents including vitamins, antioxidants, tannins, polyphenolics, and flavonoids. In general, vegetables contain relatively modest amounts of dietary fibre but are rich in a wide array of anticarcinogens, the amounts and classes of which vary between vegetable type. Cereals are relatively rich in dietary fibre and also contain phytate and a range of anticarcinogens. However, these latter are partly removed with the husk during milling. Fruit contains the least dietary fibre but contains an array of anticarcinogens which differ from those in cereals and vegetables.


Total Energy Intake Estrone Sulfate Cereal Fibre Vegetable Type Wholemeal Bread 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Attilio Giacosa
    • 1
  • Michael J. Hill
    • 2
  • EPIC Consensus Panel
  1. 1.National Cancer InstituteGenovaItaly
  2. 2.ECP (UK) HeadquartersWexham Park Hospital, SloughBerksUK

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