Cereals and whole grains reduce bowel cancer risk

London: Consuming high fibre cereals can reduce the risk of bowel cancer, a study has found.

A research at the Imperial College of London found that for every 10g of cereal taken the risk of cancer falls by 10%.

This however doesn’t extend to fibres obtained from fruits and vegetables, only cereals and whole grain fibres.

Whole grains are foods like whole grain breads, brown rice, cereals, oatmeal and porridge.

Bowel cancer, also known as colorectal cancer, is a common form of cancer in developed countries, but lesser instances are found in the developing world.

Experts are still cautious on the role of fibres as studies on this matter are still inconsistent.

“Eating plenty of fibre is just one of many things you can do to lower your risk of developing the disease,” Yinka Ebo, senior health information officer at Cancer Research UK said.

An analysis conducted by the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Imperial College London found a ‘linear association between dietary fibre and colorectal cancer’.

“The more of this fibre you eat the better it is. Even moderate amounts have some effect,” said Dagfinn Aune, lead study author and research associate of the department.

The conclusions of the study were published in the British Medical Journal.


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