roughage

noun
rough·age | \ˈrə-fij \

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

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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 Its excess roughage prevented me from getting to the addictive chewy bits of sugary Chinese mustard condiment candy at the bottom of the plate. Michael Nagrant, RedEye Chicago, "Intro Dim Sum is mostly single-note," 12 May 2017 The green chop, which comes from about 5 percent of the acreage, is turned into roughage for livestock, according to Rose. David Anderson, The Aegis, "Harford farmers expect good corn yields, but prices could be better," 15 Aug. 2017 DAY 1 Two bags of bottles and roughage (plant material that's indigestible and acts as fiber) are delivered to my desk. Taylore Glynn, Marie Claire, "The Cleanse for the Girl Who's Always Hungry," 7 Mar. 2017 Those desiring a little roughage can choose from a variety of salads, including a kale Caesar ($9) and a My Boy Blue steak salad ($11). James Patrick Kelly, idahostatesman, "New menu breathes new life into Ranch Club; Grit American tries fresh offerings," 8 June 2017 In the age of Trump, data and evidence are just some unwanted roughage down at the end of the buffet. Jonathan Mahler, New York Times, "The Problem With ‘Self-Investigation’ in a Post-Truth Era," 27 Dec. 2016 DAY 1 Two bags of bottles and roughage (plant material that's indigestible and acts as fiber) are delivered to my desk. Taylore Glynn, Marie Claire, "The Cleanse for the Girl Who's Always Hungry," 7 Mar. 2017

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1911, in the meaning defined above

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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 \

Kids Definition of roughage

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

roughage

noun
rough·age | \ˈrəf-ij \

Medical Definition of roughage 

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

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