We’ve all taken a look at our tummies and thought...hmm, maybe I could do a bit better, but few of us realise that gut health is so important that scientists refer to it as our second brain! Your gut health influences so many different parts of you overall, from your weight to your digestion and how energetic you feel. But gut health is even bigger than this: research suggests that good gut health helps give you immunity from everything from emotional stress, to chronic illnesses such as cancer and Type 2 diabetes.
But with all the confusing dieting and nutrition advice out there, it’s harder than ever to look after your gut, right? Not true! Swapping out your current grain for a superfood like teff is an easy way to feel gut-great. Here’s why:
It’s gluten-free: Our tummies are home to millions of microbes that keep things in good working order. So important are these tiny particles, infact, that in general the healthier your microbes, the healthier you are overall! But unfortunately, gluten can cause quite significant damage to these critical bacteria, including reducing the total amount of bacteria, leaving you feeling bloated and lethargic. The answer? Go gluten-free with teff!
It’s a low FODMAP food: FODMAP, is case you’re ever asked at a trivia night, is an acronym for Fermetable Oligo- Di- Mono-saccharides and Polyols (yep, that will be pretty hard to remember!). Basically, FODMAPs are short-chain carbohydrates that are poorly absorbed in the small intestine, which can lead to bloating, especially for people with IBS. Although health professionals don’t recommend avoiding FODMAPs altogether, if you’re experiencing digestive issues, then it’s just another reason to give teff a try!
It’s naturally high in prebiotics: Remember how we said that gluten can damage our gut bacteria? Well good news - teff can help replenish it! Teff is full of prebiotics that help stimulate the growth and activity of the right type of bacteria in your gut.
It’s just better for you: If you want your gut, body and mind to be as healthy as possible, then it’s pretty hard to go past teff. If you’re choosing between teff and quinoa...teff has 3 x the calcium, double the iron and just ⅓ the fat (making it good for your gut and your waist!). And if you’re comparing teff to brown rice, it has double the fibre, 30% more protein and 8 x the calcium. Talk about the healthiest healthy option!
So if you’ve ever looked at your tummy and though you could do a bit better, grab some teff...your gut will say thanks.