Granola & Gut Health
The connection between gut health and overall wellbeing has gained popularity in recent years, with the gut now commonly referred to as the ‘second brain.’ Gut microbiota – the trillions of different microorganisms living in the digestive system – adjusts with changes in diet and stress, then through various biological pathways, impacts the brain. This affects how we view and interact with the world. For example, gut microbiota influences our body’s level of serotonin, regulating feelings of happiness.
Gut microbiota also impacts the immune system and plays an important role in ensuring proper digestive function. Put simply, a healthy gut is considered a non-negotiable for optimal wellbeing. The exciting news is that gut microbiota is not only constantly changing, but directly impacted by diet and what we consume, so small changes can make a big difference!
Following a healthy, varied diet rich in quality grains is essential. Refined grains are higher in simple carbohydrates and lack the vitamin, mineral and fibre content quality whole grains contain, which have known benefits on gut microbiota. When making decisions at the supermarket, choose products that have whole grains listed as the first or second ingredient.
Our 5 Grain & Seed Granolas really are a delicious way to get in extra whole grains and fibre to help start your day in the most nourishing way, with just one serve of either flavour delivering over 40% of the recommended daily intake of whole grain for women. Both granolas are also an excellent source of fibre, which more than 70% of people are not getting enough of.
Getting in quality grains first thing is even better, as breakfast is so pivotal to wellbeing. Eating breakfast is associated with higher nutrient intake, more healthful food choices throughout the day and a lower body weight. And given people take only 8 minutes to eat brekky on average, we think it’s worth the time in the morning!