The term probiotics is not new to us. We see that stamped on labels of various food products such as yogurt, kefir, cheese, kimchee, tempeh and more. But what about prebiotics? Are they the same?
The answer is no. Probiotics are the good bacteria, while prebiotics are their “food.”
There are prebiotic foods you should be eating as they benefit our gut health by multiplying the number of the healthy bacteria, which in turn will boost the immune system, maintain healthy weight, regulate blood sugar, and even lower your risk of cancer.
Read more of its benefits in this article on The Healthy Home Economist:
How Prebiotics Benefit Gut Health
The term prebiotics is a relatively new term relating to the topic of gut health. The concept first came on the scene in 1995 when beneficial food ingredients that pass undigested through the stomach and intestines were first identified. Read more…
In addition, here are the prebiotic foods that you may want to add to your grocery list, as listed by Brittany Smith on Men’s Fitness:
14 Prebiotic Foods You Should Be Eating
These actually have benefits beyond prebiotics, they are also rich in antioxidants that will reduce your risk of chronic diseases. They are also good as a home remedy for a wide range of illnesses.
Lastly, holistic nutritionist Heather McClees shares more food choices, with delicious ways on how you can incorporate them into your diet, on One Green Planet:
The Best Prebiotic Foods for Optimal Digestive Health
We hear a good bit about probiotic rich (fermented) foods, don’t we? They’re all the rage right now, along with prebiotics which are just as important. When choosing meals, it’s important to choose both foods with good bacteria (probiotic-rich foods), which foods such as miso, coconut water kefir, dairy-free yogurts, raw cacao, kombucha, kimchi, sauerkraut, tempeh and other choices are a great place to start, but these foods aren’t the only thing your gut needs for good health. It’s also a smart choice to choose foods that contain certain fibers and natural sugars that feed those good bacteria, known as prebiotics. Read more…
In conclusion, some of the best prebiotic foods you should be eating are asparagus, garlic, onion, banana, cabbage, legumes, beans, apple, bran, artichoke, carrots, and root vegetables. They will aid your gut for a healthy digestion, preventing bloating and constipation.
And for moms out there – breastmilk also contains prebiotics, which is also good for your baby’s immune system and brain development.
The recommended consumption is about 4 to 8 grams of prebiotics per day. They can have side effects such as diarrhea and gas, but that rarely happens, and are completely harmless.
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