Dietary Fiber and Cancer

  • David Kritchevsky
  • David M. Klurfeld
Part of the Human Nutrition book series (HUNU, volume 7)


Fiber has been defined by Paul and Southgate (1978) as “the sum of the polysaccharides and lignin which are not digested by the endogenous secretions of the human gastrointestinal tract. This fraction has a variable composition as it is made up of several different types of polysaccharides (pectic substances, hemicelluloses, and celluloses) and the non-carbohydrate lignin.” The description of fiber has been expanded to include plant gums, mucilages, and algal polysaccharides. It is convenient to classify these substances into insoluble fiber (cellulose, hemicellulose, lignin), which decreases intestinal transit time and increases fecal bulk, and soluble fiber (pectic substances, gums), which delays gastric emptying.


Colon Cancer Bile Acid Bile Salt Colon Carcinogenesis Pectic Substance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Kritchevsky
    • 1
  • David M. Klurfeld
    • 1
  1. 1.The Wistar Institute of Anatomy and BiologyPhiladelphiaUSA

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