Supports Study on More Benefits of Fiber

Fiber’s biggest role is in laying the groundwork for a well-oiled gastrointestinal system. It prevents a variety of diseases, very serious ones included.

Online PR News – 09-July-2012 – 60 State Street, Suite 700,Boston, MA 02109-1894 – The Doctors Health Press, publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is supporting a study on the benefits of fiber. Fiber’s biggest role is in laying the groundwork for a well-oiled gastrointestinal system. It prevents a variety of diseases, very serious ones included. This new study says that fiber can help your gut create an environment filled with beneficial bacteria.

As reported in Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (, this kind of bacteria is the reason why people care so much about probiotics, which are “friendly” bacteria. The new study shows that fiber can promote a shift in the gut toward a healthier balance of bacteria. As the study outlines, the microbes in your gut can support a healthy gastrointestinal tract as well as affect your susceptibility to conditions as varied as type 2 diabetes, obesity, inflammatory bowel disease, colon cancer, and autoimmune disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis.

People generally get only about half the 30 to 35 grams of fiber recommended for each day. If you are serious about fiber, it’s time to read nutrition labels and choose foods that have higher beef content.

The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article “New Study Reveals More Benefits of Fiber” reports that in the good-quality study, 20 healthy men with an average fiber intake of 14 grams a day were given snack bars to supplement their diet. The control group received bars that contained no fiber. A second group ate bars that contained 21 grams of “polydestrose”—a common fiber food-additive. The third group received bars with 21 grams of soluble corn fiber.

The results showed that both types of fiber affected the abundance of bacteria in the gut. When soluble corn fiber was consumed, Lactobacillus increased. This type of bacteria is a heavyweight in the probiotics market, so this is good news. Faecalibacterium prausnitzii populations rose in the groups consuming both types of fiber.

The shifts in bacteria seen in this study were opposite of the type you’d find in people with poor gastrointestinal health, the article outlines. This study even suggests that the healthy bacteria’s growth could be stimulated by using prebiotics, which the Doctors Health Press addresses in its other publications. Prebiotics are foods that promote good bacteria’s growth through a form of dietary fiber. In contrast, probiotic supplements, of course, contain live bacteria.

(SOURCE: Hooda, S., et al., "454 pyrosequencing reveals a shift in fecal microbiota of healthy adult men consuming polydextrose or soluble corn fiber," J. Nutr., July 2012.)

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