The World Cancer Research Fund recommends enjoying a fibre rich diet from a variety of plant foods to reduce the risk of diet related cancer. In the case of grain foods, research shows that people who eat higher amounts of whole grain and high fibre grain foods are less likely to experience cancers such as bowel cancer, stomach cancer and possibly also breast, endometrial and prostate cancers. In fact when it comes to bowel cancer, Australians second biggest cancer killer, it appears that fibre from grain foods may be more protective compared to fibre from fruit and vegetables.
In addition to a range of dietary fibres, whole grains and fibre rich grain foods contain a large number of other protective components (phytonutrients). The combined effects of each of these protective components may explain how these and other plant foods reduce risk of cancer over the long term.
GLNC recommends all Australians enjoy grain foods 3 – 4 times a day a week for a healthy diet and to reduce risk of disease.
For more information on eating a healthy diet and cancer visit the Cancer Council.