Skip to main page content
Access keys NCBI Homepage MyNCBI Homepage Main Content Main Navigation
Review
, 25, 1-8

Dietary Fiber: How Did We Get Where We Are?

Affiliations
Review

Dietary Fiber: How Did We Get Where We Are?

Martin Eastwood et al. Annu Rev Nutr.

Abstract

Dietary fiber has been a topic of considerable interest among nutritionists and clinicians for the past 50 years. Many studies on fiber have concentrated on fiber isolates, resulting in findings that have ignored fiber as a component of fruits, vegetables, nuts, cereals, and legumes in the general diet. The principle actions of fiber are to alter the nature of the contents of the gastrointestinal tract and to modify the absorption of other nutrients and chemicals. Fiber is but one component of plant food, and to neglect the other components--be they proteins, lipids, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, or the secondary metabolites--is to seriously limit our understanding. Much of the effort expended in defining fiber and studying the fiber isolate would have been better focused using this whole-plant-food approach. Greater progress in our understanding of the relevance of fiber in the etiology of disease would have been achieved if a more holistic approach had been followed.

Similar articles

  • Health Benefits of Fruits and Vegetables
    JL Slavin et al. Adv Nutr 3 (4), 506-16. PMID 22797986. - Review
    Fruits and vegetables are universally promoted as healthy. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 recommend you make one-half of your plate fruits and vegetables. Mypl …
  • Nutrition Protocols for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease
    VS Retelny et al. Nutr Clin Pract 23 (5), 468-76. PMID 18849551. - Review
    Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the United States, and prevention of cardiovascular disease is at the top of the public health agenda. Evidence …
  • Food Group Sources of Nutrients in the Dietary Patterns of the DASH-Sodium Trial
    PH Lin et al. J Am Diet Assoc 103 (4), 488-96. PMID 12669013. - Clinical Trial
    The aim of this paper is to identify major food group sources of several essential nutrients in the two dietary patterns used in the DASH-Sodium trial: a control diet and …
  • Content and Composition of Dietary Fiber in 117 Frequently Consumed Foods
    JA Marlett. J Am Diet Assoc 92 (2), 175-86. PMID 1310700.
    Twenty-three fruits, 33 vegetables, 41 grain products, 7 legumes, 4 nuts, and 9 miscellaneous foods were analyzed by an accurate chemical method to determine their dietar …
  • Diet, Nutrition, and Cancer
    S Palmer. Prog Food Nutr Sci 9 (3-4), 283-341. PMID 3010379. - Review
    Evidence pertaining to the role of dietary factors in carcinogenesis comes from both epidemiological studies and laboratory experiments. In 1982, the Committee on Diet, N …
See all similar articles

Cited by 7 PubMed Central articles

See all "Cited by" articles

MeSH terms

LinkOut - more resources

Feedback