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Sanitarium Launches Focus on Fiber

More than 20 media representatives and nutritionists attended the launch of Focus on Fiber on March 4 at The Pavilion restaurant in Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens.

Developed by dietitian Shane Landon on behalf of Sanitarium Health and Wellbeing, the Focus on Fiber report reveals that high-fiber diets can improve immunity, fight inflammation, boost digestive health, and guard against colorectal cancer. New research has also linked dietary fiber to protecting against asthma.

“Obesity, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, stroke, and cancer account for almost two-thirds of A$100 billion expended each year on health. Where conditions are preventable, we clearly need to take responsibility for our health to reduce this cost burden and we need to start by looking at nutrition,” said Landon.

Other keynote speakers at the launch included nutritionist and chef Zoe Bingley-Pullin and Michelle Broom from the Grain and Legumes Nutrition Council.

Bingley-Pullin recommended Australian men and women aim to consume at least 30 and 25 grams of fiber per day respectively. She noted that improving fiber intake could be a simple matter of making small changes such as choosing whole meal bread instead of white, or including more legumes in meals.

A recent Newspoll survey commissioned by Sanitarium shows that one-fifth of the Australian population doesn’t think they are getting enough fiber.

Of those surveyed, 96 percent associated fiber with keeping the digestive system healthy. However only half knew that fiber also helps prevent cancer and diabetes; and nearly a third were unaware of its connection to preventing cardiovascular disease.

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