In the News: High-Fiber Diets Can Reduce Risk of Colon Polyps

| 8/9/2011 9:55:53 AM

S.McCabeYour mother always told you to eat your fruits and vegetables, but even she probably had no idea how much these foods could do for your body. Besides just being fantastic for your general health, a recent study has found that people who regularly eat beans, brown rice, green vegetables and dried fruits have a lower risk of colon polyps, a precursor for colon cancer, according to an article by HealthDay News.

California researchers studied the eating habits of 2,818 people over a period of 25 years. They discovered that people who ate legumes three times a week were 33 percent less likely to get colon polyps, and people who ate brown rice just once a week were 40 percent less likely to get the disease. Frequently eating dried fruits and vegetables was associated with a 24 to 26 percent reduced risk, as well. 

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High fiber foods like nuts and dried fruit make a great pick-me-up snack in the afternoon.
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These foods are all incredibly high in fiber, which does more than just help prevent colon cancer. A high-fiber diet can reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, diverticular disease, and gallstones and kidney stones. It can also help to relieve constipation. Not only that, but because fiber keeps you feeling fuller longer, you’ll be satisfied with fewer calories, meaning that it can actually help you lose weight.

Add a little more fiber to your diet with this delicious, nutrient-packed dish:

Adzuki Beans with Roasted Vegetables and Brown Rice