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What’s the Deal With Fiber?

Can I get it from meat?

Q:I saw an article on the Internet about muscle fiber and the quality of meat. Can I get the fiber I need from meat, or do I still need to eat vegetables? What’s the deal with fiber, anyway?


A:The bundles of cells in muscles are called muscle fibers, but dietary fiber—also known as roughage or bulk—refers to the health-promoting edible parts of plants that our bodies can’t digest or absorb. Instead, they are processed by the bacteria in our gut to promote our health. Fiber is commonly classified as soluble, which means it dissolves in water. This type of fiber forms …

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