Prebiotics are dietary fiber indigestible by human enzyme. These non-digestible food ingredients and their chemical compounds
serve as foods in our gut. At large intestines, these prebiotics get fermented by beneficial bacteria to confer whole hosts of
gut health benefits.
So yes, prebiotics are foods for probiotics.
The presence of prebiotics promote the increase of probiotics like Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria, which in turn confer
digestive health benefits such as help address various digestive issues, improve metabolic health, help boost immune system,
and help prevent gut related diseases.
The combination of prebiotics and probiotics is called synbiotics. The combined roles have been known to be highly beneficial to
overall gut health.
Mama says “Eat more vegetables and fruits” – for a good reason!
Prebiotics are naturally found in our daily foods. Followings are lists of natural source of prebiotics:
Rising trend in functional foods with digestive health focus makes prebiotics common components to be included in foods.
Commonly found classifications of prebiotics in food packaging:
Inulin or chicory fiber