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Nutrition and Fiber Subject of Free Talk

New Britain [March 31 2006] - New Britain General Hospital will host a free talk Tuesday, April 11 on the benefits of adding fiber to your diet. The talk, “Fun with Fiber,” will feature May Harter, a registered dietician at New Britain General Hospital.

The lecture is the second in the Hospital’s Spring Health Wisdom Lecture Series and will take place in the hospital cafeteria at 6:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served at 6:15.

Harter will share facts about fiber and its multitude of health benefits. In addition to explaining its role in weight loss and disease prevention, she will share fabulous fiber-full recipes and refreshments.

Fiber is a type of nutrient that many of us know is important, but don’t fully understand. Basically, the term fiber refers to carbohydrates that cannot be digested. Fiber is present in all plants that are eaten for food, including fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes. However, not all fiber is the same, and different types of fiber have different health benefits. Current research indicates that fiber appears to reduce the risk of developing various conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, diverticular disease, and constipation. Despite what many people may think, however, fiber probably has a marginal effect on colon cancer risk.

Current recommendations suggest that adults consume 20–35 grams of dietary fiber per day. Children over age 2 should consume an amount equal to or greater than their age plus 5 grams per day. Yet the average American eats only 14–15 grams of dietary fiber a day.

The lecture is free, but registration is encouraged. Please call 1-888-224-4440 to reserve your seat.

Contact: Corporate Communications, 860-224-5900 x6507

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