roughage

noun
rough·​age | \ ˈrə-fij How to pronounce roughage (audio) \

Definition of roughage

: mostly indigestible material in food (such as legumes, whole grains, and vegetables) that promotes elimination of waste from the large intestine : fiber sense 1d Knowing where to get dietary fiber is important because strong evidence now links roughage to good health, weight management and a reduced risk of colon cancer and other major diseases.— Elizabeth Somer also : food containing much indigestible material acting as fiber That's okay, though: Junk food has a place in a moviegoing diet, as long as you make room for roughage elsewhere. — Ty Burr

Examples of roughage in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Our soup includes a pound of your favorite fully cooked sausage for a big, bold flavor fortified with tons of fibrous roughage from slivered kale or collard greens. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Coronavirus cooking demands large, one-pot meals like pork stew, chicken and dumplings, chorizo soup and bean stew," 15 Apr. 2020 But some of those people should probably put some roughage in their diet. Jim Gaffigan, CBS News, "Jim Gaffigan on family life under lockdown," 22 Mar. 2020 The revelation that artists are tricky to live with hardly seems sufficient roughage for a whole book. Kathryn Hughes, New York Times, "The Case for Staying Single," 10 Mar. 2020 Eating a high-fiber diet is also tied to lower colon cancer rates, and soy foods like edamame and tempeh both have plenty of roughage. Marygrace Taylor, Good Housekeeping, "Is Soy Good or Bad for You? Here's the Science-Backed Answer," 17 Jan. 2020 Conversely, some people with slower gut transit may find that diets very high in roughage leave them feeling totally backed up, able only to pass hard, dried out stools that come out in incomplete pebbles. SELF, "Why This Registered Dietitian Tells (Some of) Her Patients to Avoid Kale Salads," 30 Nov. 2018 The skins of fruits, beans, potatoes, whole grains, and whole-grain cereal products are all roughage and contain insoluble fiber, according to WebMD. Jo Yurcaba, Woman's Day, "There's a Reason You Get Really Bad Diarrhea During Your Period," 3 June 2019 Eating a high-fiber diet is also tied to lower colon cancer rates, and soyfoods like edamame and tempeh both have plenty of roughage. 2. Marygrace Taylor, Good Housekeeping, "Is Soy Good or Bad for You? Here's the Science-Backed Answer," 18 July 2018 Eating a high-fiber diet is also tied to lower colon cancer rates, and soyfoods like edamame and tempeh both have plenty of roughage. Marygrace Taylor, Good Housekeeping, "Is Soy Good Or Bad For You? We Have The Science-Backed Answer.," 17 May 2017

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First Known Use of roughage

1911, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of roughage was in 1911

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“Roughage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/roughage. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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roughage

noun

English Language Learners Definition of roughage

: plant material that cannot be digested but that helps you to digest other food

roughage

noun
rough·​age | \ ˈrə-fij How to pronounce roughage (audio) \

Kids Definition of roughage

2 : food (as bran) containing much indigestible material acting as fiber

roughage

noun
rough·​age | \ ˈrəf-ij How to pronounce roughage (audio) \

Medical Definition of roughage

: fiber sense 2 also : food (as bran) containing much indigestible material acting as fiber

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