Did you know that behind the ingredients in Leek & Potato Soup are indigestible prebiotic fibres, that make it a really good choice for our gut microbiome?
So what exactly are prebiotics and why are they beneficial? The exact definition of prebiotics is ‘a substrate that is selectively utilised by host microorganisms conferring a health benefit’.
Sound complicated? It isn’t as complicated as it sounds and what it essentially means is that it is food for our gut microbiome. Just like us, mere humans need feeding, so do our gut microbes and soluble fibres from some foods that arrive in the large intestine undigested act as food for the microbiome.
The good news is that these soluble fibres are found in leeks, garlic and onions – all ingredients that feature in this recipe! The even better news is that the resistant starch found in potatoes is another good source of fuel for gut microbes, so it’s an all-round gut loving winner. If you would like to learn more about prebiotics, have a read of my article here.
Fibre – With 4.4g fibre per serve, fibre is a really important component to maintaining a healthy gut – top tip: if you currently don’t have much fibre in your diet start small and introduce slowly. The aim is 25g per day for females and 30g per day for males.
Vitamin C – Potatoes are a really good source of vitamin C and this recipe contains just over 50% of the recommended daily intake.
B Vitamins – B vitamins are an essential component to creating energy from the food we consume and you’ll find small amounts of all of the energising B’s here, with the exception of vitamin B12.
This soup is served best with my Curry Buckwheat Chapatis – try them out!!
Amy Savage is a qualified Nutritionist with a Bachelor of Health Science in Nutritional & Dietetic Medicine and is available for consultations online and in Sydney CBD. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.