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Dietary Fiber for Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes

Diets high in fiber have long been touted for their health benefits, in particular for the prevention of gastrointestinal cancers. A new study published in the Journal of Nutrition examines the impacts of a diet high in cereal fiber (termed the high cereal fiber diet, HCF) on improving insulin sensitivity and reducing the risk for type 2 diabetes.

Impact of Dietary Fiber Consumption on Insulin Resistance  and the Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes

The designation of fiber, as it relates to the human diet, primarily refers to a group of highly complex non-digestible carbohydrate substances composed of a variety of different sugar molecules. By non-digestible it is meant that the enzymes that humans produce to breakdown the food we consume [carbohydrates(sugars), fats, and proteins] cannot degrade dietary fiber in the stomach and small intestines. However, the bacteria present in the colon (large intestine) can degrade fibers and this process itself creates health benefits such as the stimulat…

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