In a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition a team of scientists have discovered that adding dietary fibre to your diet can cause a shift towards beneficial bacteria, which can help to reduce your risk of developing cancer, while also helping to promote weight loss.
What did the study involve?
During the study 20 healthy men who had an average fibre intake of 14 grams daily were split into 3 groups and given snack bars to supplement their normal diet.
The control group were given snack bars containing no fibre, while the first test group were given snack bars containing 21 grams of polydextrose.
The third group were given 21 grams of soluble corn fibre.
While undertaking the study the subjects faeces were checked using whole-genome sequencing to see what kind of bacteria they contained.
What were the results of the study?
At the conclusion of the study it was discovered that there are 2 specific dietary fibres that were most beneficial to the human body; polydextrose and soluble corn fibre.
The scientists also discovered that dietary fibre could help to reduce the risk of developing colon cancer and type 2 diabetes, as well as other diseases.
The other benefit discovered was that an increase in dietary fibre could aid your own weight loss efforts.
How can dietary fibre offer these benefits?
It is said that dietary fibre can help increase the amount of good bacteria found in your gut.
This in turn helps your gut to carry out a range of important functions that include the ability to ferment protein, carbohydrates and other substrates. With each of these activities shown to offer numerous health benefits.
For you to start experiencing the health and weight loss benefits of dietary fibre it is recommended that you try to consume between 25 and 38 grams daily.