asparagus - why it's good for gut health

Eat some while you can!


The asparagus season in the UK is super short, typically 6-8 weeks starting in April so it’s now in full swing. I tend to go a bit asparagus crazy this time of year as it makes it way onto most of my dishes!


As well as tasty great, asparagus is a great prebiotic source. Prebiotics are fibre compounds found in some plants which feed good bacteria, which means your gut bugs will be happy too.


Our bodies cannot break down these fibres so they pass through the digestive tract undigested until they reach the large intestine where they are fermented by our gut bacteria.


Keeping our gut bugs happy is important so that they can produce essential nutrients, produce short chain fatty acids (SCFAs) and research shows that having a well nourished gut microbiome is linked to reducing the risk of many health conditions.


As well as being great for gut health asparagus is also rich in vitamin K, folate, B vitamins & also has antioxidant properties.


I personally love pan frying them with a little bit of butter and a sprinkle of salt or steaming them and serving with a dippy egg.