Still High on Fiber

Eating fruits and vegetables may not protect against colon cancer, but it's good for your heart

It's enough to make you reach for a bowl of ice cream. For years researchers have said that maintaining a diet that's high in fiber--found in fruits, vegetables and whole grains--should lower your risk of developing colon cancer. Now comes word that a study of nearly 89,000 women, published in last week's New England Journal of Medicine, has found that fiber makes no difference. A smaller study of men in 1997 arrived at a similar conclusion. This is the sort of neck-snapping nutritional news that drives consumers crazy. First something is good for you; then it's not. Who knows what it...

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