What Are Prebiotics?

What are prebiotics? Bananas are an easy example.
Bananas: A typical food with prebiotics.

What are prebiotics? Prebiotics are foods that feed the bacteria in your gut. Gut flora has been proven to improve immunity, anxiety, depression, neurological health, longevity, digestion, and possibly much more.

Prebiotics help us by fostering the growth of good bacteria within us. The scientific definition of prebiotics is “a selectively fermented ingredient that allows specific changes, both in the composition and/or activity in the gastorintestinal microflora, that confer benefits on host well-being and health” (See citation).

There are two types of prebiotics: inulin and galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS). GOS is produced through the conversion of lactose (milk). Inulin is found in many types of plants, particularly bananas.

There are many ways to take in prebiotics including various types of food and nutritional supplements. What are some examples?

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Disclaimer: We work to ensure that information contained in this post is correct and reflective of typical prebiotics that may be consumed. On occasion, prebiotic manufacturers may alter their ingredients.  In general, the articles on this site in reference standard prebiotic substances made up of inulin and GOS unless otherwise noted. However, manufacturers sell alternative prebiotics made up of other ingredients as well. We recommend you review closely the descriptions on any supplements you purchase and adequately research their health effects.

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