Vegan or Meat-eater: We All Need to Up our Fiber

by Lauri Mackey, CHHC, Positivity Podcaster & Speaker for Women; Authoress at Lauri’s Lemonade Stand

The No. 1 question I get asked as a vegan is, “Where do you get your protein?”

And honestly, I totally get it. In America we have been obsessed with getting enough protein since the 1970s, so basically the entirety of my life!

In our country alone, 97% of Americans are getting plenty of protein — thank goodness! Truly, the only way to not get enough protein is if you are not getting enough calories or basically starving.

The requirements are roughly 42 grams of protein per day for adults, and all of us — meat-eaters to vegetarians and vegans — roughly get about 70 grams per day. Go us!

On the flip side, as a nation we do not get enough dietary fiber and get this, the same percentage (97% to be exact) are lacking in their fiber intake. So, the question should not be “Where do you get your protein?” but “Where do you get your fiber?”

The requirement is roughly 31 grams of fiber per day, and most of us are averaging half that. Fiber is only found in plants and not in meat, dairy, eggs or junk food.

Take it easy though, if you are part of the 97% not getting enough fiber, you need to ease into it at about 5 more grams/day for a week before adding more.

The good news? Fiber helps fight against the risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and high glucose or sugar levels in your blood.

Bottom line? If you’re getting enough calories in your diet you’re getting plenty of protein. Try tracking your fiber over 3 to 5 days and see where you can become a fiber aficionado!