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Prebiotics - what are they & how are they beneficial for gut health?

I’m all about gut health, and including a variety of fibre containing foods in our diet.

We all have a unique little set of microorganisms living in our intestinal system, known as our gut microbiome.

The microbiome research is still very much in its infancy, but points to including more fermentable “prebiotic” fibres in our diet.

These “prebiotic” fibres escape digestion in the small intestine and feed the good bacteria in our large intestine.

Resistance starch is a type of prebiotic fibre. Cooked & cooled pasta and potato is high in resistance starch. It just so happens that your cold left overs or pasta salad is most likely healthier than the original!

Other good sources of resistance starch include lentils, legumes, firm bananas & some wholegrain products.

If you are wanting to increase your levels of fibre in your diet it’s important to do so gradually, drink plenty of water and exercise regularly.

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