Is meat a fiber source?Posted on Jan 29th 2008 8:30AM by Bev Sklar
Sixty-two percent of people surveyed by the National Fiber Council mistakenly believed meat is a source of fiber. Wrong -- meat does not contain any fiber, but plant products do. Sixty-five percent of respondents also self-reported they try to eat high fiber foods. But they may be thinking grilled chicken or a juicy sirloin count as roughage.
Fiber keeps our digestive system healthy, which explains why our guinea pig happily squeaks like a maniac when we throw in a handful of timothy hay. He poops like he consumes a lot of fiber, too. Unfortunately, only ten percent of Americans consume the recommended 32 grams of fiber a day. This total can be tough to consistently consume, unless you're paying attention and counting grams.
Check out these fibrous food powerhouses -- a real winner is Kellogg's All-Bran, with 8.5 grams of fiber in one-third of a cup.