As we learn more about the detrimental effects of a diet high in meat, not to mention the environmental impact of huge factory farms, many of us are looking for tasty plant-based alternatives to add to our diets.
Tempeh is a great choice because it’s super nutritious. A fermented soy product, tempeh is loaded with vitamins and minerals, prebiotics, and antioxidants. The firm texture and slightly nutty taste are appealing to vegetarians and meat-eaters alike, and it can be used in all sorts of dishes.
So what would happen if you made tempeh a daily habit? We’ll explore the many physical improvements you’re likely to experience.
Better Gut Health
Tempeh is a fermented product, but unlike some others (kimchi, kombucha) it does not contain a significant amount of probiotics. That’s because the culture used for fermentation is removed via pasteurization before the tempeh is sold.
However, tempeh does contain prebiotics, a type of fiber that feeds the healthy bacteria in your digestive system. Eating tempeh regularly can therefore help to keep your gut microbiota in balance, leading to efficient digestion and less digestive discomfort.
Prebiotics may also boost the development of short-chain fatty acids in your colon. One of these is butyrate, which serves as the main source of energy for cells in the colon. A healthy colon is a huge factor in regularity and ease of passing stool.
One of the more interesting claims about gut health is that it can actually impact your cognition and memory!