Can Pistachios Improve your Gut Health?
Dec 10, 18
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From an instinctive “gut feeling”, to what you’ve been eating, your gut tells a story. Here’s the scoop on pistachios and gut health!
Everyone’s gut is as unique as their fingerprints. It is filled with bacteria (the good kind!) which plays a HUGE role in our overall health, so it’s important to take care of it through food, sleep, activity and lifestyle. Now you’re probably getting a little mixed up already, but just think of your gut as a garden. You want a variety of different plants and flowers to make it look good, give it lots of water, food and fertilizer to nourish it, take care of it, and make sure all the plants have what they need to thrive.
You can’t talk gut health without mentioning pre and probiotics:
♥Prebiotics: A special kind of dietary fibre that acts as fertilizer for the good bacteria in your gut. Not all fibre is prebiotics, but all prebiotics are fibre.
♥Probiotics: live bacteria that helps make your gut diverse and populate. These bacteria use PREbiotics as nourishment.
Pistachios contain prebiotic fibre that nourishes your good gut bacteria. Not only does the fibre found in pistachios acts as food for bacteria, but the phytochemicals (like antioxidants) in the little green nut positively affects the types and health of gut bacteria. One without the other with be like a scone without the clotted cream, fish without chips, or you without Borna.
A University of Florida study showed that people who ate 3 servings of pistachios for 19 days had increased the level of beneficial gut bacteria, more so than those eating almonds in the study. Studies are still being done, but that’s reason enough to get cracking!
Note that this article is not intended to replace medical or nutrition advice from your medical doctor or dietitian. Please discuss changes in your diet with a registered professional.
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Micah Siva – Content Creator for Borna Foods