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How fiber feeds your gut microbiome, no yogurt needed

Dietary fiber is often described as the stuff we eat that we can't digest. But that all depends on what you mean by we. Fiber feeds our gut microbiome, the bacteria that live in our digestive tracks that help us extract nutrients from food.

five types of dried beans

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Junk-Food Soundbite: Nutritious Food is NOT More Expensive

"Healthy Eating is the Privilege of the Rich" says ABC News. "Healthy Eating Costs Much More in America," says Medical News Today.

That's the clear takeaway from the abstract for Following Federal Guidelines to Increase Nutirient Consumption May Lead to Higher Food Costs for Consumers by Pablo Monsivais, Anju Aggarwal, and Adam Drewnowski of the University of Washington in this month's Health Affairs Journal:

We found that increasing consumption of potassium—the most expensive of the four recommended nutrients—would add $380 per year to the average consumer’s food costs.

Reports like this make me mad. The abstract, well publicized and freely available, could lead you to think that eating healthy is so hard and expensive that it's not worth trying. You might think that the USDA's new MyPlate can't be your plate. Just give up and grab the chips. But you can get potassium from inexpensive, nutritious food like bananas, beans, and baked potatoes.

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