Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Clearing the Confusion on Pre and Probiotics

What is the difference between pre and probiotics?
You may have heard that prebiotics and probiotics are beneficial to your health and that we should consume more of these, but why? Pre and probiotics work to promote healthy gut bacteria, which has been linked to many digestive health benefits. 
Prebiotics are the parts of food that your body does not digest. These feed your “good” gut bacteria. Bananas, onions, garlics, leeks, asparagus, artichokes and even soybeans are great prebiotic sources. 
Probiotics actually contain live cultures of the “good” bacteria you would find in your gut and contribute to a healthy balance of microflora. Probiotics have been linked to reductions of symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, allergies and possibly even instances of lactose intolerance.  Probiotic sources include fermented dairy products such as yogurts, aged cheeses and kefir, as well as kimchi, sauerkraut, miso, and tempeh.

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