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Ashley Oswald

 
 
 
Ashley Oswald, RDN, IFNCP, CNSC, CLT, LD
Oswald Digestive Clinic LLC
 
 
 

Want a Happy Gut?

You’re not alone. Per a 2018 survey, 61% of Americans had a bothersome gut symptom the week prior. 1

Have you ever tried taking a probiotic for your gut issues, in hopes of changing your gut bacteria for the better? 

Did you know that the foods you eat can significantly change your gut bacteria in just 1-2 days!? 2

The gut connects with many other parts of the body, including the brain, immune system, lungs, and more! So, it’s important to keep your gut happy and healthy for optimal health.


Are Medjool Dates a Probiotic?

Dates have something called Fructans, which are PREbiotic fermentable fibers.

So, while dates do not have PRObiotics, they contain PREbiotics, which are the important food for PRObiotics. 

PREbiotics are the ones who can significantly change the type of bacteria in your gut, in just a matter of 1-2 days!

Want to see what happens to the Date, starting at your mouth?

Mouth: Chew, Chew, Chew – Taste & Enjoy! Your mouth produces important enzymes that help to start the break-down process.

Esophagus: Weee – the date enjoys a fun ride down the esophagus slide.

Stomach: Into the acidic stomach, which further helps to break down this delicious treat, and into the small intestine.

Small Intestine: Small intestine, where most of the date’s nutrients get absorbed… except for a few, including those important Prebiotics. Humans lack the enzyme needed to break down the Fructans into their simple sugar units, so onward they go to the Large Intestine, which is home to most of your beneficial gut bacteria.

Large Intestine: In the large intestine, the Fructans are quickly fermented by your gut bacteria. This leads to growth of helpful bacteria, including bifidobacteria and lactobacilli.

Bifidobacteria and lactobacilli are thought to help the gut by:

This fermentation process creates beneficial compounds too, like short chain fatty acids (SCFAs).

One powerful SCFA is Butyrate, which research shows can improve intestinal permeability and inflammation!

It gets better, dates also have Polyphenols! Polyphenols help to suppress pathogens and encourage growth of microbes that are good for us. 

In this video, our Gut Health Dietitian Ashley reviews the Gut Benefits of Medjool Dates:

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Prebiotics, Probiotics, and YUM!

We have just the recipe for you to get started:

Protein-Packed Medjool Dates Chia Pudding Parfait

Don’t forget to tag us while enjoying your gut-friendly treat! 

 


References:

  1. Am J Gastroenterol. 2018 Nov; 113(11): 1701–1710.
  2. Nature. 2014 Jan 23; 505(7484): 559–563.