So is kefir and sauerkraut actually some of the best things you can eat to help your gut health and is bread a good thing or bad?
Well, according to a survey done by the consultancy New Nutrition, the public really doesn’t know the answers.
3000 people from the UK, Australia, Spain, Brazil and the US were asked in the survey to rank foods which they thought were good or bad for them. The results show that in general just as many think that some foods are as good for them as those who say they are bad.
38 percent of those surveyed thought bread was not only bad but the main reason for problems with the gut, while 24 percent said that bread is needed for the gut to be well and healthy.
So what about kefir? Well, of those surveyed only 17.6 percent thought it was good for digestive health. Fermented vegetables scored even lower at 15.8 percent. So is the marketing not working or is there something else going on?
Confused? Well, it seems that the public is just as confused about what they think is good for them and what is perceived to be bad.
Other common foods causing confusion included meat and milk.
Meat – the survey found that 27 percent thought it is good for the gut while 33 percent said it was bad.
Milk – at least this food showed a larger number of people thinking it is good at 46.6 percent, but then 30.6 thought it should be avoided to maintain gut health.
Interesting as an extra to dairy foods, 55 percent prefer lactose-free foods to maintain gut health, but only 15 percent of those doing the survey said they were lactose intolerant.
So what is going on and why are the messages about what to eat to maintain or improve gut health not getting through?
76 percent of those doing the survey said that they find diet and health message confusing and the majority of respondents are not getting their nutrition advice from Dieticians or Nutritionists but from Blogs and other internet sources.
The old and simple saying about a little bit of everything is good for your health sounds like it may be needed again.