THE TRUTH ABOUT FIBER IN YOUR FOOD by Lawrence Galton

THE TRUTH ABOUT FIBER IN YOUR FOOD

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The clue can lie in what is not there rather than what is there."" What is not there is the dietary fiber (grandma's roughage) that is processed out of foods through modern refining methods; what is there is a host of maladies--diabetes, obesity, coronary thrombosis, appendicitis, diverticular disease, polyps and cancer of the bowel, hiatal hernia, gall-bladder disease, atherosclerosis, hemorrhoids, varicose veins, etc. It started in the 1930's when Ted Dimock collected and analyzed stools for his M.D, thesis; in 1969 Denis Burkitt studied the influence of diet on bowel behavior. And now, based on recent (still inconclusive) research, it seems increasingly probable that these diverse afflictions share a common causative factor--a fiber-depleted diet. Galton argues that man's rapid technological progress enabled him to change the food environment faster than the human body could adapt to it. Galton--he's written about many, many things--suggests responsible, preventative measures (use whole-grain products, reduce sugar consumption, eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables) along with recipes. However, this advice should be taken with a grain of salt by the elderly whose systems may not be up to processing the extra ""roughage,

Pub Date: Feb. 23rd, 1975
Publisher: Crown