Is Fibre in the diet essential?

No. Even the current (2015-2020) Dietary Guidelines for Americans  (as issued by the US Department of Agriculture) have acknowledged that: “Other food components, such as dietary fiber, while not essential, also are considered to be nutrients.” Nevertheless, recommendations to eat fibre riddle the document.  That quote is hidden away in Appendix 6 – Glossary of

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On the origins of nutritional slogans II: Fibre

We can learn a lot about the basis for ubiquitous dietary slogans such as ‘eat more fibre’ by looking at how they became established in the first place. This is particularly true of the saturated fats slogan, as my recent post on its 50-year history summarises. That slogan started out as a campaign by a charismatic and influential individual, and went on to

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