This week the hot nutrition topic in the media was the results of a study that
showed that a high fiber diet does not prevent colon cancer. I discovered
that, once again, my clients were confused--do they or do they not need to
increase the fiber in their diet?
Despite this most recent study a high fiber diet remains one of the
significant dietary habits we can adapt to improve our health. A higher in
fiber diet (whole grains and curciferous vegetables as opposed to white flour
and high sugar foods) is second only to exercise in the prevention and
management of many diseases besides colon cancer (especially heart disease).
How do you know if you're eating enough fiber? Dietitian/comedian Candy
Cummings uses two words to help distinguish between an individual's need to
add or not to add fiber to the diet. At the risk of offending her audience (or
my readers) she makes a point with two words you will never forget: FLOATERS
and SINKERS. (Now where do I go with this?) Diving in, RG continues with
medical talk, "When you make your daily trip to the bathroom to evacuate your
bowels, return to the habits of childhood and take a look at what you drop.
High fiber diets reap floaters. Low fiber diets reap sinkers."