Monday, January 30, 2012

Fiber - Beneficial?

High fiber diets and bacterial overgrowth are a particularly dangerous mix. Remember, Almost all of the fiber and approximately 15-20% of the starch we consume escape absorption. Carbohydrates that escape digestion become food for intestinal bacteria.

High fiber intake was an interesting speculation but has never been proved beneficial as regards long term health.  Did you read that right?  Yes you did.  Despite all the assertions heard by authorities all over the place, fiber has never been proved a valid benefit for long term health.  Because fiber intake for its own sake is foreign to the paleolithic model, I distrust it until proved otherwise.  But as the post above points out, there are marked reasons not to believe fiber is good for the human machine. 

It can help in some cases when the human machine is fed improperly, as it irritates the gut enough to stimulate mucous production and can restore gut motility which may have been limited by eating poor quality foods.  There is a much better option to maintain guy motility - eat as much magnesium as your paleolithic ancestors did when they drank unpurified water.

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