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What is Prebiotics?

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Dt Sheetal chhabria

  Vasanth nagar, Bengaluru     Feb 9, 2017

   1 min     


The prebiotic term was coined in 1995, they are an indigestible form of fiber found in some fruits, vegetables, and starches. They act as a food source for a friendly bacteria in the gut. Though every prebiotic is a fiber, not every fiber is prebiotic. To be considered prebiotic in nature a fiber must meet the following criteria:

  • Resists digestion and absorption in the upper gastrointestinal tract
  • Is fermented by the intestinal microflora
  • Selectively stimulates the growth or activity of friendly intestinal bacteria

Health Benefits of Prebiotics

  • It supports gut health diversity and digestive health.
  • It improves absorption of all minerals in the body, including bone-healthy magnesium and calcium.
  • It has a good effect on lipid metabolism, and they can help ease systemic redness to support normal cardiovascular health.
  • It can help with appetite control by increasing satiety hormones, making you feel less hungry.
  • It reduces insulin resistance in obese and overweight men.
  • It supports normal mental and emotional health and stress response.
  • It boosts the amount of REM and non-REM sleep in animals after a stressful event.

Different Types of Prebiotics

  • Acacia gum
  • Insulin
  • Lactulose
  • Lafinose
  • Oligosaccharides including:
  • Fructooligosaccharides (FOS)
  • Oligofructose (OF)
  • Galactooligosaccharides (GOS)
  • Transgalactooligosaccharides (TOS)
  • Polydextrose
  • Psyllium
  • Resistant Starch (RS)
  • Wheat Dextrin

The prebiotic Foods That Everyone Should Eat

  • Asparagus
  • Bananas
  • Chicory Root   
  • Garlic
  • Jerusalem artichoke
  • Leeks
  • Onions
  • Potato Starch
  • Soybeans
  • Whole Grain Corn
  • Whole grains
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