Short Communication

European Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2007) 61, 140–142. doi:10.1038/sj.ejcn.1602486; published online 19 July 2006

Evolutionary perspective on dietary intake of fibre and colorectal cancer

J D Leach1

1Paleobiotics Lab, Silver City, NM, USA

Correspondence: JD Leach, Paleobiotics Lab, 831 Elysian Fields Avenue, No. 214, New Orleans, LA 70117, USA. E-mail: jeff@paleobioticslab.com

Received 18 January 2006; Revised 3 May 2006; Accepted 5 May 2006; Published online 19 July 2006.

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Abstract

From an evolutionary perspective, the ongoing discussion of fibres role in colorectal cancer is possibly limited by the overall low intake of fibre across study groups. Our ancestral diet consistently included a diverse range of plants that regularly contributed up to and often >100 g/day of dietary fibre. Importantly, this diversity assured that, owing to a range of physical and chemical structures, a steady flow of fermentable substrates promoted metabolic activity into the distal regions of the colon.

Keywords:

fibre, colorectal cancer, evolution

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