Fiber: Why It’s So Important For Men

A study out of the University of Colorado Cancer Center states that new research has connected the health benefits of fiber, namely, the phytic acid (a non-digestible carbohydrates found in fiber rich foods) as possibly slowing the progression of prostate cancer in men.  This information was also published in Cancer Prevention Research in January of 2013.  According to, the phytic acid didn’t stop the tumors from initially developing but it appeared to slow their advancement to an aggressive stage.

The dietary guidelines of fiber intake for men as recommended by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is 38 grams per day.  Most men get 15 grams a day. 

According to the U.S.D.A., the foods we need to eat less of include sugary drinks, saturated fats, trans- fats, salt and junk food. This is the same recommendations that we make at Paula’s Healthy Living. 

You can increase your fiber by eating whole grains instead of white, refined grains, eating more vegetables (varying kinds), adding legumes to your diet, snacking on nuts and seeds (in moderate amounts due to their high-calorie count) and quinoa.

Drinking plenty of water allows the fiber-rich foods to move through your system, but remember to add new fiber sources slowly, to ease any digestive system issues that the fiber may create.

Eating whole foods versus processed foods is a healthier choice because it has more nutrients and vitamins, less salt, bad-fat oils, sugars and preservatives.  With this promising study, we now can embrace this lifestyle of eating with the hope of keeping prostate cancer progression down as well.

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