Eating fibre may NOT be so good for your tummy
This was an extraordinary article in the Daily Mail - by Jane Feinmann.
It started so positively – a major study, soon to be published in the British Medical Journal “shows conclusively” that eating extra bran and other fibre is not good for IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) - in fact it will make it worse. An estimated 9m Britons suffer from IBS, so this is a key study. Professor Peter Whorwell, the lead researcher, said “the worst thing for a significant number of IBS patients is fibre, particularly bran.“
I was so excited – the connection between carbs, especially wheat, must have been found and patients must be on the verge of being advised to avoid wheat. But the next bit of the article was staggering…
Professor Whorwell’s advice is to replace high fibre food with white bread, white pasta, biscuits, cakes and cream crackers – anything as long as it is made from refined white flour. Swap anything brown for anything white says the Professor. Has the world gone mad?!
People who try Phase 1 of The Harcombe Diet not only lose weight but feel better and this is in huge part to coming off sugar and white flour – the key things in the junk that Professor Whorwell thinks we should be eating.
My alternative recommendation would be to eat food in the form that nature delivers it – I don’t suppose cave men and women were troubled by IBS! Eat meat, fish, eggs, vegetables, salads, NLY and brown rice and I would be astonished if your tummy gave you any grief.