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Choose More Fiber And Less Starch For Gut Health

Posted By: Leena Mahtani

Farmer carrying basket of veg on a sunny day

When it comes to starchy carbs – the very idea of letting go of grains like rice, pasta, bread, quinoa and Worker holding a large tray of crispy fresh baked bread rolls in the bakery starchy vegetables like corn, beans and potatoes, can be a hard endeavor. Foods that consist of processed carbs and added sugars are devoid of nutrients. Avoiding white bread, cereals, candies and sweetened products is always a healthier choice.

Eating plenty of nutritious fruits and vegetables regularly provide us with essential vitamins, fiber and minerals that help keep inflammation in check while nourishing our immune system which then offers its protection against various chronic diseases.

Adding in healthy carbs like whole grains (brown/wild rice, millet, buckwheat, amaranth) vegetables (sweet potatoes, beetroot) fruits (oranges, blueberries, bananas) and some legumes (lentils, chickpeas, kidney beans) may lead to a more diverse gut microbiome. The prebiotic fiber (food for the bugs in your gut) in healthy carbs ferment in the large intestine and feed the beneficial gut bacteria.

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