We explore the relationship between sugar and your gut microbes and why it’s not always the devil it’s made out to be.
Go for a more savoury snack that’s going to nourish you and your microbes instead of something sweet. eg peanut butter and banana on a wholegrain crisp bread
All sugar is bad for your gut. False. While we all need to make sure we don’t gorge our self, it isn’t the devil it’s made out to be (for your gut bugs at least).
Sugar is mostly absorbed in your small intestine. The majority of your gut microbes are found in your large intestine. So if you’re eating a moderate amount of sugar, it is unlikely to have an effect on the ecosystem of microbes hangin’ out in your large intestine.
In fact, you need sugar to function and it’s your brain’s choice of fuel. That said, it comes in many different guises from the sugar found in dairy, fruits and vegetables through to “free” sugars found mostly in processed foods likes cakes, biscuits, shop bought sources, flavoured yogurts and in natural foods like honey.
However, moderation is key – if you eat more sugar than your small intestine can handle (around 7 teaspoons!), sugar can be passed down into the large intestine and inhibit some of the beneficial bacteria from doing their jobs and may change the environment to favour the less helpful ones. Now 7 teaspoons seems like a lot but that’s just a can of Coke.
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