Tracye is a vegan trailblazer, award-winning public health nutritionist, author, lecturer, and 30-year vegan.
Fiber: Is It Missing in Your Diet?
Most of us, including vegans, get plenty of protein in our daily diets, according to a report issued by NutritionFacts.org.
The study, recognized as the largest of its kind, examined the nutrient intake of both vegans and people who eat meat- and dairy-based diets.
It debunked the common misperception that vegans diets are "protein-poor," revealing that, on average, vegans, just like their omnivore counterparts, consume 30 percent more protein than the recommended daily allowance.
So what's missing?
Fiber, according to researchers who reported that less than three percent of Americans get enough fiber in their diet.
It's an alarming statistic considering the fact that fiber consumption provides a natural shield against heart disease, certain cancers, diabetes, and obesity, and reduces our risk of high blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood glucose.
Found only in plant-based foods like beans, nuts, whole grains, fruits, and veggies, fiber it seems is a life saver.
Are you getting your share?
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