Enhancing Health and Wellness through Fibre: From Prevention to Treatment

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Although dietary fibre is well known for its gastrointestinal benefits, increasing evidence supports its role in chronic disease prevention, including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers. In addition, dietary and functional fibres have demonstrated efficacy in the dietary management of a variety of diseases and conditions, with higher intakes improving wellness and survival. Current research supports that fibre’s fate in the gut – whether it’s fermented or not – may be the key to its health-enhancing metabolic effects, specifically the mitigation of inflammation linked to chronic disease. 

As fibres differ greatly in composition, physical properties and physiological effects, the effectiveness of dietary fibres, fibre ingredients added to foods and supplements differ depending on the desired outcome, target population or disease state. 

Following this session you will take away: 

  • A comprehensive understanding of fibre and the relationships between higher fibre intakes and disease risk and management. 
  • Knowledge of effective approaches to guide clients in the community, and in primary and acute care settings, to achieve optimal fibre intake.

Date of presentation: March 2018

Speaker: Wendy Dahl, PhD, RD, FDC

Materials: Video presentation (67 minutes) with the presentation slides (pdf)

Cost: $14.95 for members; $19.95 for non-members; $9.95 for students

Last Updated: November 20, 2020

Type: Learning on Demand

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