- by Dr Sheetal Chhabria
- 9 Shares
- Feb 09 2017
What is Prebiotics?
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
- Oligosaccharides including:
- Fructooligosaccharides (FOS)
- Oligofructose (OF)
- Galactooligosaccharides (GOS)
- Transgalactooligosaccharides (TOS)
- Resistant Starch (RS)
- Wheat Dextrin
The prebiotic Foods That Everyone Should Eat
- Chicory Root
- Jerusalem artichoke
- Potato Starch
- Whole Grain Corn
- Whole grains
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