High fibre diet not really good for the tummy

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High fibre diets, surprisingly, may not protect gut health, but they do heighten your chances of developing diverticulosis.

The condition is characterised by small bulging pouches forming on the inner lining of large intestine, trapping bits of stool and becoming infected.

Symptoms include abdominal cramping, constipation and diarrhoea, linked with of difficulty in passing stools. More serious complications include collection of pus in the pelvis, colon obstruction and rectal bleeding.

Dietary fibre can keep diseases at bay

`It looks like we may have been wrong, for decades, about why diverticula actually form,` said Anne Peery, fellow in gastroenterology and hepatology, University of North Carolina`s Chapel Hill School of Medicine, who led the study.

The findings, which involved more than 2,000 people, reveal that a fibrous diet actually raised the risk of developing diverticulosis, which affects about a third of adults over 60 years in the US alone, the journal Gastroenterology reports.

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