I thought we'd gotten past all the hype about fiber being so very very good for us....
ALL of the studies claiming fiber is good for one are uncontrolled observations -- they look at the population level, which implies that they're merely being compared to junk-, or poverty-foods. In studies which look closely at individuals, a high-fiber diet is more likely to spur colon cancer than it is to promote health and leanness.*
The experiences of countless people like me show that if WE eat the foods these people promote, we experience nothing good -- we get weight-gain, ruined blood-sugar control, allergy symptoms, indigestion, inflammation, fatigue, malaise ... more miseries than I can enumerate just from my n=1 and those of my blog-buddies. THIS is why I become infuriated by dumb-ass statements like "EVERYBODY [there's that word, again] needs 40g of fiber every day."
But some people can't resist the temptation to pick their scabs. Here's a subject they can write a book about, and maybe make enough money to pay for their gym memberships! Perhaps they can get enough enthusiasm going to ... oh, allow them to write another superfluous book!
The only thing they're managing to do is to muddy the waters -- waters which are polluted enough already by interested parties promoting toxic foodstuffs and pharmaceuticals. Their arguments just don't stand up to the light of reason, even though they spiel off countless pubmed references. Individuals as well as clinicians have tried it all before, and not gotten the results promised by starch/fiber-lovers. We must have been doing it wrong!
[smirk] EXACTLY. When we do a thing which doesn't work FOR US, we're doing the wrong thing. Doing it harder and longer is just ... wronger. ;-)
As I've said before, if they want to eat their versions of starchy pleasure-foods, I don't give a damn. But talk about it on your own lightly-visited bro-blog-site, and stop spewing all over the comment-sections of the GOOD ones!
* Peter has discussed this at length. Monastyrsky adds confirming details. As far as i'm concerned, the case is closed.