Merchant Gourmet believes that their high fibre ingredients can be easily incorporated or substituted into everyday cooking to increase fibre intake. Merchant Gourmet, the UK’s market-leader in fibre-rich pulses, grains, seeds and chestnuts leads the way in plant-based eating with its super tasty ready to go pouches.
“Merchant Gourmet is a brand built on innovation with a range of delicious and flavoursome pulses, grains, seeds & chestnuts ingredients, that helps consumers to add texture, fibre and nutrients from interesting plant-based pulses and grains easily to their diet,” said Nyree Chambers, Head of Brand at Merchant Gourmet.
The brand’s ready-to-eat lentils and other wholegrain-based pouches makes it easy for consumers to pack more fibre in their diet. Merchant Gourmet encourages consumers to make small changes – such as swap out lower fibre carbs like white rice for wholegrains such as wheatberries or freekeh, add lentils to soup or a salad or go half and half lentils and mince in bolognaise – to increase your fibre to the recommended intake.
Sian Porter, Merchant Gourmet’s consultant registered dietitian and nutritionist, agrees that the benefits of eating fibre are abundant: “Fibre is good news as it’s a nutrient most of us need to eat more of it rather than cutting down. Choosing and eating enough wholegrains, beans and pulses such as lentils alongside fruit, veg, nuts and seeds as part of a healthy balanced diet and lifestyle can keep your digestion healthy and reduce your risk of many disease and conditions including heart attacks and stroke, certain cancers, type-2 diabetes whilst helping to manage your weight, blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
“Our range of ready-to-eat products offer nutritious alternatives to white rice, and other low carbs sides without needing to dedicate more time to the kitchen or compromising on taste. We have a passion for exploring real food and we are always creating interesting and innovative pulses & grains mixes for our consumers.
“Our range of simply cooked grains can be used when in a hurry without compromising on health of flavour– why not try our tasty cumin-spiced carrot and lentil burgers that are a great source of fibre and a healthy alternative. Mix 250g of Beluga lentils, cumin seeds, turmeric, chilli flakes and gram flour together, along with finely grated carrot and sliced spring onion. Once combined, form roughly 4 burgers, or 8-10 sliders, and fry in piping hot oil for 4–6 minutes on each side or until evenly golden. Serve with spicy mayonnaise, wholemeal buns or sweet potato fries and a side salad.”