With January officially behind us and our ‘new year, new you’ mantras slipping, many of us are deciding whether to stick to our health kick until summer or take a big sigh of relief as we reach for an extra slice of cake! However, we’re still inundated daily with fad diets and ‘new’ pieces of research claiming to have the answers to maintain a clean bill of health.
But, every now and then, the column inches will fill up with a finding or two that holds some weight – excuse the pun! This week, Harvard University stated that eating a high-fibre diet significantly reduced their chances of getting breast cancer.
The study, which tracked 90,000 women for 20 years, revealed that women who ate the most fibre in their 30s, 40s and 50s – and during their teenage years – were less likely to develop breast cancer later in life. For every extra 10 grams of fibre consumed per day, risk is reduced by 13 to 14 per cent. Ten grams is found in three slices of bread or three standard portions of fruit and vegetables.
We’ve known for some time that fibre has the potential to reduce the chances of breast cancer, as it can help to limit levels of cancer-promoting hormones in the blood, such as oestrogen and insulin.
High fibre foods are more filling and can help prevent people from overeating and gaining weight, which is a major risk factor for breast cancer. This key finding inspired Genesis researchers to devise the The 2-Day Diet. The eating plan, which is clinically proven for weight loss, features two low-carb days and five days following a high-fibre diet, rich in fruit, vegetables and wholemeal bread.
While diet and lifestyle changes cannot eliminate the risk of breast cancer alone, choosing healthy alternatives and upping your fibre intake throughout adolescence and adult life, is a simple way to help reduce the onset of the disease later in life. This study validates what we know about the benefits of fibre and provides a good grounding for future research into why this particular nutrient plays such a role in cancer prevention.
To try to increase your fibre intake, why not pick up a loaf of Roberts Bakery wholemeal bread? Three slices will give you your extra 10 grams of fibre per day and money from each loaf sold will help fund ground-breaking gene research here at Genesis.