How amusing to read that yet another of Nanny's dogmas, about what constitutes a healthy diet, is now being questioned.
It would appear that her long running, hectoring, lecturing about the necessity to eat lots of fibre turns out to be bollocks.
A team of researchers from the Netherlands, led by Rene Bijkerk of the University Medical Centre, claim that wheat bran and other fibrous foods that do not dissolve easily in water not only fail to soothe irritable bowels, but may actually make things worse.
Nanny, aided and abetted by the manufactures of breakfast crap, has been recommending daily doses of fibre in the form of insoluble bran for yonks.
However, and this is kind of key to the notion of recommending something without testing the theory first, there have been very few rigorous studies to see whether boosting intake of this type of fibre actually works.
Nanny spouting BS again without checking her facts first!
Blinky, blonkey, blimey, along comes a piece of research that disproves Nanny's old wives' tales.
"Bran showed no clinically relevant benefits, and many patients seemed not to tolerate bran.
Indeed, bran may worsen symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and should be advised only with caution."
Wrt to breakfast crap purveyed by certain large manufacturing concerns, given the high sugar/salt content and almost zero nutritional value, I recommend that people eat the cereal box instead.
I guarantee that the box contains more nutrients and has a higher fibre content (if that's your particular "bag").
Alternatively, if you are constipated, I recommend a sherry (British of course) enema instead!
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