Gut health is on everyone’s minds. And while fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, tempeh, miso, kombucha and ‘probiotic’ products receive more attention for getting the ‘friendly’ gut bugs in – more and more research supports the idea that the most powerful approach might be to better feed these beneficial gut bugs. So what’s their preferred meal choice? Fibre.
Whole grains, such as barley are a rich source of ‘prebiotic’ fibre – the type of fibre that ferments in your gut to provide fuel for the friendly gut bugs to survive and thrive.
Try cooked barley in soups, tossed through salads or a barley risotto. Or try swapping oats at breakfast for a barley-based muesli, or whip up these barley bliss balls for a perfect gut -friendly (belly bloat busting) snack.