Vegetarianism, dietary fiber, and gastro-intestinal disease.

Increased consumption of vegetarian diets may cut down the risk of gastro-intestinal diseases, such as gall stone, constipation, diverticular disease, and cancer.

This study assessed the relationship between the regular intake of vegetarian and high-fiber diets and the occurrence of gastro-intestinal diseases. Researchers examined dietary and clinical data of subjects residing in the United Kingdom.

Researchers observed that high consumption of vegetarian and high-fiber diets significantly decreased the risk of developing gastro-intestinal diseases, such as gall stone, constipation, diverticular disease, and cancers of the digestive tract. However, a treatment regimen consisting of vegetarian and high-fiber diets only was not effective in successfully treating patients with peptic ulcer, inflammatory bowel disease, and cancers of the digestive tract. The results of this study show that regular ingestion of plant-based diets may help to protect individuals from several gastro-intestinal tract diseases, such as gall stone, constipation, and cancer.

Research Summary Information

  • 1994
  • Nair P, Mayberry JF.
  • Gastrointestinal Research Unit, Leicester General Hospital, UK.
  • No, Free full text of study was not found.
  • No source of funding disclosure found
  • No potential conflicts disclosure found
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