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Nuts and dried fruits may help improve gut health

A recent study published in The Journal of Nutrition has found that including nuts and dried fruit, particularly walnuts, almonds and prunes in your diet increases the good bacteria in your gut, which contributes to better digestive health

There is a growing wealth of medical research about the importance of a healthy, balanced gut microbiota in supporting the immune system and ensuring proper digestive functioning.

Walnuts And almonds are associated with better gut health due to their unsaturated fatty acid content. The study found that including 42g of walnuts or almonds was enough to make a positive difference to gut health.

The research confirmed that including prunes in your diet can also help to increase ‘friendly’ bacteria bifidobacteria. This is possibly due to the dietary fibre content of prunes, along with other nutrients.

The human gastrointestinal tract is one of the most densely populated ‘microbial communities’—a cosy way to describe the number of microorganisms sharing space in your gut—with approximately 1,014 microorganisms, mainly bacteria.