You don't hear it much these days, with Paleo this and gluten-free that, and lately we’re a little obsessed with probiotics... but it's an old adage that isn't going anywhere - "Eat a diet that's high in fiber."
According to ScienceNews,"low-fiber diets make gut microbes poop out."
Without the fiber that gut microbes munch on, they move on. That should be more than enough to convince us, but it gets even better: as ScienceNews reports, new research published this month shows that we may pass on a "microbial set of genes" to our children as well—ones that can affect the health of our children's children, and so on for generations. As to which microbial genes you pass on? Those will be affected by your dietary choices throughout life.
Want to increase your fiber intake? Start at the beginning of the day.
Steel-cut oats are ideal, and a big batch will keep for up to a week in the refrigerator. And if you're pressed for time, there are 5-minute instant varieties available.
One cup of stone-cut oatmeal has 4 grams of dietary fiber—better yet try two—enjoy it with a good protein like yogurt and some walnuts for good fat, and you're off to a great start.
And, we might add, raspberries, a few raisins and a pinch of cinnamon for a nutrient-dense antioxidant punch.
Purchase brands of steel-cut oatmeal that list gluten-free processing on the label.
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