Gut Bacteria

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Gut Bacteria

Your body is made up of a living mass of bacteria – you have about 10 times more bacteria in your body than cells.

The collection of bacteria – known as the microbiota – in your gut is essential to your health.

Your gut bacteria are constantly at war, as “friendly” bacteria duke it out against harmful pathogens and invaders.

Scientists are just beginning to uncover the significance of the human gut microbiota; it has an important role in digestion, but also in immune function and even disease prevention.

New studies have even linked gut microbiota to weight – obese people tend to have a different mix of gut bacteria than thin people.

And a new role for gut bacteria is emerging: they appear to unlock phytochemicals to change them into powerful bioactive compounds to fight disease.

Recipe of the Day:  Black Bean and Corn Chili

Active Preparation Time:  10 minutes

Total Preparation Time:  1 hour 20 minutes (not including soaking time)

One of the best ways to feed your friendly bacteria is to add more fiber-rich legumes to your diet.

These foods act as a prebiotic in your gut, encouraging the growth of beneficial bacteria to improve your digestive function, as well as fuel your immune function.

The Southwestern flavors of this black bean chili shine through, making it an excellent cool-weather meal, served with cornbread and a flavorful slaw.

Best of all, you can pour all the ingredients into a slow cooker, set the dial, and come home to great meal at the end of the day.

Makes 8 servings (about 1 cup each)

1 pound dried black beans

5 cups water, plus more for soaking

1 reduced sodium vegetable broth bouillon cube

2 cups frozen sweet corn

1 medium yellow onion, diced

One 6-ounce can tomato paste

3 medium garlic cloves, minced

1/2 tablespoon maple syrup

1 tablespoon barbecue sauce

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper

1 teaspoon chili powder

1/4 teaspoon turmeric

1/2 teaspoon cumin

Pinch of sea salt, optional

*Use as many organic ingredients as possible.

1.  Cover the black beans with water and soak overnight.

2.  Drain the beans and discard the water.  Place the beans in a large pot and add 5 cups of the water, the bouillon cube, corn, onion, tomato paste, garlic, maple syrup, barbecue sauce, crushed red pepper, chili powder, turmeric, cumin, and sea salt, if desired.

3.  Cover and bring to a simmer over high heat, then reduce the heat to medium.  Cook for about 1 hour 10 minutes, until the chili is thick and the beans are tender, stirring occasionally.  You may need to add water to replace moisture lost to evaporation, but the texture should be thick and stewlike.

Note:  After soaking the beans, you can add all the ingredients to a slow cooker and cook on high for 4-5 hours or on low 8-10 hours.

Variations:  Substitute red beans or pinto beans for the black beans, or use a combination.

Per serving:  258 calories, 1 g total fat (0 g saturated), 86 mg sodium, 51 g total carbohydrates (6 g sugar), 11 g fiber, 14 g protein.

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