Fab­u­lous fi­bre

The Daily Telegraph - - Letters To The Editor -

SIR – You re­port (Jan­uary 11) that a diet rich in fi­bre “can cut the risk of early death by up to a third”.

More than 50 years ago, the Ir­ish sur­geon De­nis Burkitt, who spent many years work­ing in Uganda, re­ported sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced in­ci­dences of bowel can­cer, be­nign bowel dis­ease, heart dis­ease and di­a­betes among pa­tients who fol­lowed the tra­di­tional African diet, which is high in fi­bre.

At an ex­tremely im­pres­sive pre­sen­ta­tion that I at­tended in the Seven­ties, he rec­om­mended a daily bowl of All-bran as an easy way of achiev­ing a rea­son­ably high-fi­bre in­take. Dr James Mc­crone

Tau­ranga, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand

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