, 2023-01-18 11:52:55,
Some nutrition changes involve more effort than others. For example, cooking more meals at home can be a challenge for time-pressed people — a.k.a. everyone — but sprinkling something on your food? That’s something even the domestically-challenged among us can do. Here are some of the healthiest ingredients to sprinkle on your food.
What makes a healthy sprinkle?
Many plant-based foods have vitamins, minerals, anti-inflammatory healthy fats, antioxidants and other health-promoting properties. Since most disease processes begin with free radical cellular damage and chronic inflammation, adding more plant foods — even in small amounts — can help you avoid some negative health consequences and lower your risk of several chronic conditions.
Plus, your microbiome helps regulate inflammation, blood pressure, blood sugar, and moods — in other words, your health. So, the fiber, prebiotic substances, and other nutrients in healthy sprinkles do their part via their impact on your gut health.
Research from the American Gut Project found that people who consumed 30 different types of plants per week have greater gut bacterial diversity–a marker of better gut health–than those who consumed ten or fewer plants, Kate Scarlata MPH, RDN, and author of The Low FODMAP Diet Step by Step, explains. Therefore, sprinkling plant compounds on your foods can help you get more plant diversity.
How much of a sprinkle can make a difference?
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