Prebiotic foods like garlic, leeks and onions, Jerusalem artichokes, and dandelion leaves are among the best.
Prebiotics is a type of fibre that acts as a source of food for probiotics, which are bacteria that maintain a healthy microbial community in the gastrointestinal system.
Cassandra Boyd and John Gieng, both at San Jose State University in California, combed 70 scientific papers about prebiotics found in food. Nine of these contained enough data for their analysis. They then analyzed the content of prebiotics in 8690 different types of foods.
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Researchers found that, in order to decrease prebiotic content, the five top foods are Jerusalem artichokes (dandelion), garlic, leeks, and onions. Each of these contains between 100-240 milligrams per gram. This was presented at Nutrition2023, the annual meeting of the American Society for Nutrition, held in Boston, Massachusetts.
In California, the International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics recommends that you consume around 5 grams of prebiotics per day. Boyd said in a press release that this could be accomplished by eating half an onion.
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These foods, including onion rings, creamed onions, and black-eyed beans, are also rich in prebiotics. About 37 percent of the foods tested contained no prebiotics. Low-scoring foods included wheat, dairy products, eggs, oils, and meats.
Prebiotics can also benefit the gut. They are a form of dietary fiber that is beneficial for digestion.
Photos of Moolec’s Piggy Sooy Beans show that they have a pinky-red tint inside (see the picture above). It is, therefore, likely that the gene added is for myoglobin, a protein containing iron in its haem group. Myoglobin is responsible for the color of red meat and contributes to its taste.
Impossible Foods adds soy leghaemoglobin, a plant heme-protein, to its burgers for a meatier look and taste. Leghaemoglobin can be found naturally in the roots and seeds of soya, but Impossible Foods has to manufacture it using genetically modified yeast.
Motif, another company, produces beef myoglobin in the form of an additive known as Hemani, which is used for meat substitutes. It is planning to manufacture it using modified maize in order to increase production.
Dhingra said that the proteins added to Piggy Sooy were chosen for the “feel” in the mouth after the food was cooked. However, he would not comment on whether myoglobin is one of the proteins or if anyone had tried the Piggy Sooy bean.
Dhingra says that products such as Piggy Sooy can help to make our food supply sustainable.
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Mark Lynas, an environmental writer, thinks the same. He says that it should be more environmentally sustainable and avoid intensive animal farming.
Lynas argues that is the reason for the opposition to genetically engineered crops. He’s not sure how PiggySooy will be received by the public.
“I have no idea what will happen.” “It’s fascinating that they’ve gone all-out to the ‘piggy,’ thing. There is no attempt made to sweeten the pills,” says Lynas. “Of Course, Scientifically, it’s only a protein. And we already engineer many plants and microbes that make desirable proteins,” says Lynas.
The production of transgenic protein in plants and bacteria is called molecular agriculture. “While we’re not aware of any research that specifically looks at molecular agriculture, there are strong indications that consumers are looking for more sustainable alternatives to livestock farming,” says Seren Kell from the Good Food Institute Europe. “Sales of plants-based alternatives have increased by 21% in Europe since 2020.”
Wood says that Bordeaux wines will continue to improve with climate change and as these weather patterns become common. However, there may be a limit to the improvement when it gets too hot and dry for grapes to thrive. Wood says, “we can’t know from this analysis when the failure point will occur.”
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He says that vineyards will also be increasingly affected by extreme weather events such as wildfires, flooding, and hailstorms. These could destroy entire harvests.
Wood, who conducted the study, believes that other vineyards in the world that grow similar grape varietals, like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, should also benefit.
He says winemakers can use these findings to improve their wines. For example, they could irrigate the soil in winter and trim the foliage of vines to reduce the shading of grapes. They could also increase drainage or erect rain covers in the event of a wet, humid summer.