Good bacteria in the gut is vital for digestive health. Gut-friendly foods can help you beat inflammation and an imbalanced gut, which will leave your tummy feeling good and a little bit smaller. We can’t forget to add that gut-friendly foods are delicious! Clare Bailey, author of THE CLEVER GUT DIET COOKBOOK, shares why she loves these 5 foods.
1. Olive oil. As well as adding flavor and taste—and being safe to cook with—olive oil is one of the healthiest fats you can eat, rich in a range of polyphenols and antioxidants which are good at damping down inflammation.
2. Fatty fish. Like olive oil, fatty fish is full of good fats. The key ingredient is omega-3s. Unfortunately, white fish, like cod, don’t contain many omega-3 fatty acids and don’t provide the same health benefits.
3. Nuts. Nuts have had a bad rap because they are fatty and high in calories. However, there is very good evidence that the odd handful of nuts, eaten as a snack, will cut your risk of heart disease. They are also high in protein and fiber, and satiating.
4. Full-fat active Greek-style yogurt. Not only tasty and filling, this form of yogurt is also rich in health-inducing bacteria like Lactobacillus. The evidence that full-fat is better for you than low-fat is compelling. Plenty of studies have found that regularly eating full-fat yogurt leads to less weight gain and a lower risk of diseases such as type 2 diabetes.
5. Vegetables and fruit. Everyone knows that fruits and vegetables are good for us, but even those who eat their five a day tend to stick to a very limited range. And that means our microbiome ends up being pretty limited as well. A simple solution is to add more color to your plate . . .
But wait, there are 5 MORE gut-friendly foods! For the full list of 10 gut-friendly foods to love, check out THE CLEVER GUT DIET COOKBOOK.