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What's the difference between prebiotics and probiotics?



Prebiotics feed the bacteria in our gut, whereas, probiotics are the healthy bacteria that live inside our gut.


Currently, there is a lot of research being undertaken into the effects of prebiotics and probiotics. Just about every condition is linked with gut health, highlighting the importance of optimising our intake of nutritious food and healthy gut bacteria.  

 

Prebiotics

Prebiotics are responsible for feeding the good gut bacteria in our bowel (aka the probiotics). Consuming a wide range of prebiotics encourages the growth of probiotics.


What are common food sources of probiotics?

  • Vegetables: Onion, garlic & potatoes (cooked and then cooled).
  • Fruit: Banana, watermelon & grapefruit.
  • Oats.
  • Breastmilk.

Potatoes are an interesting prebiotic, as they contain something known as resistant starch. Resistant starch feeds our gut bacteria, has anti-inflammatory effects, improves our immune system and increases the number of cells in the bowel. In turn, this...

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