What Are Prebiotics?
Many people know all about probiotics. But prebiotics often take the backseat, although they are also essential for optimal health. In the most basic terms, prebiotics are essential to fuel probiotics. That means that prebiotics are the fibrous material your body can’t really digest. But since it arrives in your gut whole, it becomes the primary food source for probiotics (aka your “good” gut bugs).1
The easiest way to distinguish between prebiotics and probiotics is to remember that probiotics are the live yeasts and good bacteria in your body, and prebiotics are the food on which they live.
There are quite a few natural sources of prebiotics including artichokes and green banana.2,3,4
You can also opt to add prebiotic dietary supplements to your daily food regimen. But as always, you’ll need to get your doctor’s approval before making any changes to your diet, including the use of supplements.
History Of Prebiotics
The concept of prebiotics came into play a little over twenty years ago. In 1995, researchers Marcel Roberfroid and Glenn Gibson introduced prebiotics as “nondigestible food ingredients that beneficially affect the host by selectively stimulating the growth and/or activity of one or a limited number of bacteria in the colon…”.5