Dr Russ Blog - What is a prebiotic?
What is a prebiotic?
Created on 11/9/2012
You may have heard about probiotics - plenty of TV and magazine ads about foods or supplements mention them (they are usually live bacteria that when ingested in high enough numbers can contribute to our health).
But what about prebiotics?
Well, bacteria need to eat to survive just like people, and that's what prebiotics are - foods that are not digested by the actions of our gut, but can be used for food by the health-promoting bacteria present in our gut.
You can get prebiotics by eating foods like asparagus and onions, but often they are added to prepared foods in the form of inulin or oligosaccharides - you may see them listed on the ingredients panel of various food products.
By the way, the technical term for a product that contains both a probiotic and a prebiotic is synbiotic.
Interesting to know that not all bacteria are bad for us - and that they need to eat, too!
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