WHY IS QUINOA SUCH A GREAT FERTILISER FOR YOUR BABY’S GUT MICROBIOME

At Little Inca, we’re a huge fan of quinoa and we’ve based our products around this super grain, because it’s so rich in nutritional benefits for your baby.  Not only is it packed with protein, vitamins and minerals, did you know that Quinoa is one of the gluten-free grains that’s highest in fibre?

This is one of the key reasons that quinoa makes such a great fertiliser for your baby’s gut microbiome…. all the teeny tiny friendly bacteria and organisms that live in our digestive system that help to keep our tummies happy and our immune systems healthy.

Fibre provides the vital food for your baby’s gut microbiome – they literally munch up the fibre in your baby’s food, and produce special compounds called short chain fatty acids.  These help to feed the cells that line your baby’s digestive system and keep their tummies and bowels nice and healthy.

These short chain fatty acids also help to balance the immune system, and influence how we use fat, sugar and make energy from our diet.  They literally act as signals between our microbiome and our own cells.  It’s an amazing communication system that has such importance for our health.

Quinoa is also a great source of phytochemicals – these are plant chemicals that give the grain their colour and help to provide an array of potential health benefits for humans.  One group of phytonutrients found in quinoa are polyphenols, which also have a prebiotic (fertilising) effect, acting like a fertiliser to help support the healthy growth and development of your baby’s developing microbiome.

At Little Inca, your baby’s health is of utmost importance to us.  That’s why we add quinoa to our products and also make sure that each one never has any refined sugar added, and less than 8g of sugar per 100g from natural sources.  That way we know we’re helping to keep your baby’s gut microbiome developing just as it should.