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Active Retirees : Active Retirees Feb-March 2013
Fat, fibre, bowel health Your article ‘Below the belt’ (October/ November 2012) provided excellent advice about the need for regular bowel cancer screening. However, its advice on prevention – eat a diet high in fibre with plenty of fresh fruit and vegies, limit red meat – should have been more in tune with the findings of the latest scientific research. The fibre in foods comes in three forms: soluble fibre, insoluble fibre and resistant starch. In the 1970s and 1980s, research seemed to suggest that just having a high intake of any fibre was sufficient to protect against bowel cancer. In part this led to the advice to include oat bran in our diets. But the resulting increase in fibre intake did not decrease bowel cancer rates. Why? More research, in large part by an Adelaide CSIRO group, showed that the resistant starch (amylose) type of fibre is critical to the prevention of bowel cancer. It passes more or less unchanged through the small intestine. Bacterial decomposition of it in the large intestine produces compounds that have a protective effect on the intestine lining. Many Australians consume only 5-7g of resistant starch per day, instead of the recommended 20g. Foods that can help remedy this shortfall include cooked, cooled rice (4g/cup), potato (3.2g/1 medium), and pearl barley (3g/cup); lima, kidney and white beans (2-6g/cup); and just-ripe bananas (4.7g/1 medium). The article also implied that saturated fat was a causative factor in bowel cancer. A 2004 review of the scientific literature* concluded that saturated fat intake was not implicated in colorectal cancer. But red meat was, especially red meat cooked at high temperatures. These findings suggest retirement for the barbecue, but that we enjoy butter and cheese, casseroles, porridge, sushi, beans, potato salad and plenty of steamed vegetables! Kevin Handreck PC of Unley, SA *Doyle, M Ellin (2004). Saturated Fat and Beef Fat as Related to Human Health: A Review of the Scientific Literature. Food Research Institute, University of Wisconsin. Membership cards Thank you very much for our membership cards. They look very impressive and I’m sure that our members will be only too happy to receive theirs. Robin Coyne Maryborough City Ladies PC Inc, Vic KEEP THE CONVERSATION GOING Share your thoughts and connect with other active retirees. W: facebook.com/ probussouthpacific ACTIVE RETIREES READER SURVEY Have your say and win! The vision of Probus The vision of Probus The vision of Probus December – January 2012/13 • Volume 2 Issue 5 • $5.50 October - November 2012 • Volume 2 Issue 4 • $5.50 June-July 2012 • Volume 2 Issue 2 • $5.50 FINANCE Buy the farm? How to make the most of an agriculture boom HEALTH Reaction time Keep your family safe with expert advice on anaphylaxis and allergies HOURS IN QUEBEC Eden, NSW English canals Valley of the Giants, WA 24 Plus Puppy love How to fi nd a furred or feathered friend to suit your new lifestyle HEALTH Keep yourself nice Toilet talk to protect your bowel health • Broome, WA • Queen Mary II • Vienna, Austria Travel Cook up a Viennese treat FINANCE both worlds? Finding security in Best of hybrid investments Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da, Life goes on! Is music really the fountain of youth? • Ballarat, Victoria • Denver, USA • Cruising southern Australia Fly away FINANCE Money for nothing? You worked hard for your dollars, now make them do the hard yards HEALTH Eas Sweet thing y ways to stop the march of type two diabetes + The collectors Meet Sue the owl obsessive, Jean and her treasured schnauzers, Bruce the brass polisher, and John with his bounty of badges A delicious low-carb breakfast recipe What do you think of Active Retirees magazine? We want your feedback, and will reward four lucky respondents with $500 Coles Myer gift cards – you could score a shopping spree on us! There are two ways to tell us what you think: either online or by completing and posting back the printed survey that was included in your copy of the December/January issue of Active Retirees. Whichever way you do it, you could win one of four Coles Myer $500 gift cards. Complete the survey by 28 February: www.surveymonkey.com/s/ActiveRetireesReaderSurvey Active RetireesTM | 9 letters Your + Win worth of prizes in the photo competition $28,000
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