Prebiotics is a word that you might be hearing a lot of today. Now that good gut health is on everyone’s mind, people are wondering what exactly are prebiotics and what are they good for. Prebiotics are different types of fiber that encourage gut flora to grow. This means that the job of prebiotics is simply to allow more floras to grow in your gut, and that flora is often known as probiotics. Prebiotics are an important part of any diet for good gut health.
Foods with Prebiotics
Prebiotic foods are probably already in your diet. Foods that are high in prebiotic fibers include bananas, asparagus, dandelion greens, garlic, onions and anything in the onion vegetable family, like leeks. A good thing to remember is that raw foods will typically have more prebiotic than anything that is cooked.
In general, raw foods have more prebiotic fibers than cooked foods.
Prebiotic fibers are also commonly added to processed foods like low-fat salad dressings and low-fat yogurt to reduce calories without affecting taste.
The main benefit of prebiotics is better gut flora health. Prebiotics modify the gut flora, giving probiotics something to feed on.
When it comes to a healthy gut, prebiotics increase the number of two of those type of floras: :bifidobacteria and lactobacilli. Prebiotics are also beings studied for specific diseases (Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, mental health and mood disorders, and even cancer) but the trials in humans so far are inconclusive. Regardless, good gut health can benefit everyone and consuming the list of foods above will ensure that flora is growing.