Dietary Fibre and the Diseases of Affluence

  • D. A. T. Southgate


Although the traditional “balanced” diet has always included some “roughage” to prevent constipation [1] the widespread acceptance of the need to include a recommendation for dietary fibre to protect against a range of diseases prevalent in Western developed countries is a relatively recent phenomenon [2,3] which can be said to date from the early seventies with the paper of Painter and Burkitt [4]. However, the concept of a protective effect of the plant cell wall constituents in the diet, “dietary fibre”, probably dates from Hipsley [5].


Energy Intake Bile Salt Dietary Fibre Large Bowel Plant Cell Wall 
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