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Dig Dis. 1994 May-Jun;12(3):177-85.

Vegetarianism, dietary fibre and gastro-intestinal disease.

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Gastrointestinal Research Unit, Leicester General Hospital, UK.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To review the association between vegetarianism, dietary fibre and gastro-intestinal disease.

DATA:

There is an increasing trend towards vegetarianism in the United Kingdom. Studies have shown a lower than expected death rate in vegetarians with a significant association between meat eating and mortality from all causes in men. Vegetarians were found to have a lower incidence of gastro-intestinal cancer, gallstones, diverticular disease and constipation. Patients treated with vegetarian/high-fibre diets have not experienced significant benefits when diets are used in gastro-intestinal cancer, peptic ulcer disease or inflammatory bowel disease.

CONCLUSION:

The benefits of a vegetarian life-style may be conferred to non-vegetarians by eating a carefully planned non-vegetarian diet consisting of increased fruit, vegetables and fibre.

PMID:
7988064
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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