Best fruits for gut health

Many different fruits have a beneficial effect on your gut health. In general, fruit improves gut health by creating a healthy microbiome, blocking inflammation, and preventing leaky gut.

But there are a lot of different fruits to choose from, so how do you know which are best? In today’s video blog we cover why fruit are healthy for the gut, and which fruits promote gut health.

Which components of fruit promote gut health?

Should you choose apples or oranges? Pears or plums? There are many different types of fruit available to us. So how do you know which ones to choose to build a healthy gut?

Fruit is high in vitamins and minerals, as well as carbohydrate. However, the 3 primary components of fruit that promote gut health are fiber, polyphenols, and sorbitol. You’ve likely heard of fiber since we covered it in last week’s video, which you can peep here.

But you may be unfamiliar with polyphenols and sorbitol. Don’t worry, we break it all down in the video. From sorbitol’s ability to improve diarrhea and stool bulk, to the many beneficial impacts of polyphenols, including:

  • Antimicrobial effects
  • Prebiotic effects
  • Enhancement of detoxification
  • Cross-feeding of healthy microbes
  • Binding to toxic hydrogen sulfide (Which can cause diarrhea)
  • And more…

The best part is, polyphenols give fruits and vegetables their color, so it’s easy to spot high polyphenol fruits. Well, most of them at least.

At the end of the video, we discuss some important considerations for increasing fruit in your diet. We also discuss criteria you can use to select the fruits that are right for you.

Finally, we provide a nice little list of high polyphenol fruits so you can get cracking on adding more types of fruit in your diet.

The best fruit for gut health: How high polyphenol/high fiber fruit create a healthy gut


(1:00)-Why fruit is good for the gut

(7:46)-How polyphenols shape the gut & microbiome

(13:16)-Considerations for fruit selection

(16:49)-Best fruit based on the human data

(22:46)-High polyphenol fruit


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