Dietary fiber. We've been told time and again that it is essential to good health. I pledge to you now that I am not here to contradict that argument today. I am here however, to commend those of you burning the midnight oil to determine new ways to weave more fiber into your formulations and ultimately into our, the greater population's, diet.

Dietary fiber, soluble or insoluble. Bring it on!

I can hear my grandmother reminding me that I need to eat "ruffage." "You need your ruffage, boy." I don't mean to make my grandmother out as an angry ruffage dictator. She was definitely more of a ruffage therapist with the demeanor of a kindergarten teacher. I always thought ruffage was just lettuce, but come to find out, it's all kinds of fiber.

So, here's to you, food scientists. To resistant starches! To inulin! To oligosaccharides!


Your weekly reduction!

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