Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Americans Avoiding Fiber In Fear Of Breaking Wind

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Americans aren’t as healthy as they could be and that may be primarily attributed to one reason: They don’t like to fart.

The American Institute for Cancer Research says people – especially those over 60 – avoid toot-producing foods like lettuce, broccoli and beans that are vital to their overall health because they are embarrassed to let farts fly.

Nutrition Advisor for the AICR, Karen Collins, says this gas problem has been around for a long time and it’s preventing the fiber-deprived from living the healthiest life possible.

Collins says the fart phobia is increasing their risk for cancer, heart disease, adult-onset diabetes and many other chronic diseases.

To prevent a personal “gas crisis,” Collins suggests starting small by adding a serving of fruits, bread or vegetables a day; cooking veggies and fruits before consuming; and drinking extra fluids and getting exercise to help move food through the colon.

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