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Probiotic vs. Prebiotic

Americans have an obsession with health. Everywhere you look, there are health-related products for sale that are designed to help a person feel better. Further, buzzwords like prebiotics and probiotics draw attention to concepts with which people are supposed to be concerned. Food companies have seized on these terms too and promote their products, like yogurts, as sources of probiotics. But what exactly are prebiotics and probiotics, and how do they help the body?

Pre- and probiotics are similar and have similar effects, but probiotics tend to get the most attention. Both are substances that boost the activity of the bacteria and fungi in the body, especially those in the gastrointestinal tract. The difference is that prebiotics are the non-food ingredients, like the fiber that isn’t digested as the body breaks down the food one eats. On the other hand, probiotic bacteria are ingredients in food that must be kept alive and can be affected by heat, stomach acid, or even time.

Prebiotics Versus Probiotics

Prebiotics are the non-food ingredients that boost the activity of the bacteria and fungi in the body, especially those in the colon. You can find prebiotics in some raw foods including banana, chicory root, dandelion greens, beans, and even cooked whole-wheat flour. Probiotics, on the other hand, are chemicals that boost the activity of the bacteria and fungi in the body. Yogurt is a popular source of probiotics, but not all probiotics have the same effect on the body.

Effects of Pre- and Probiotics

When it comes to the effect of pre- and probiotics on Crohn’s Disease, clinical results vary. For some, ingestion of these substances has helped their bodies to absorb certain nutrients better. However, there is a general consensus that, when it comes to treatment or improvement of Crohn’s Disease, more research is definitely needed.

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Kelly Croteau September 17, 2015