What the Heck Are Prebiotics in Food?



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So, what the heack are prebiotics in our food? Above all, prebiotics are basically food for probiotics. They ensure that the healthy bacteria in your gut are well-fed and taken care of. Many health coaches and nutritionists recommend supplementing with prebiotics for optimal gut flora. Before you do that, it’s helpful to know what it is and how you can get plentiful amounts of prebiotics through diet alone. And how much soluble fiber do you need?

Best Food Sources of Prebiotics

What’s the Deal with Prebiotics?

Prebiotics are indigestible plant matter that our gut bacteria feed off, so basically soluble fiber like you would find in many vegetables. They stimulate the growth and maintenance of our inner microbial world.

The most popular source of prebiotics in supplements is raw chicory root and Jerusalem artichoke. Moreover, food sources for prebiotics go far beyond these foods alone.

Insoluble Versus Soluble Fiber

Insoluble fiber isn’t a food source for our gut bacteria. That is to say, it’s impossible to digest by humans and bacteria alike and acts more like a scrub brush in our intestines.

Soluble fiber is the prebiotic food source that our microflora love. For instance, inulin is the most effective form of soluble fiber.

In addition, there are other naturally occurring forms of prebiotics in everything from root vegetables and tubers to breast milk!

Best Food Sources of Prebiotics

  • Dandelion greens
  • Raw asparagus
  • Onions
  • Raw garlic
  • Banana
  • Chicory root
  • Jerusalem artichoke
  • Raw jicama

In other words, as long as you’re consuming plenty of fruits and vegetables on a daily basis you really shouldn’t worry about supplementing with prebiotics long term.

However, when you’re actively working to heal your gut and promote those beneficial bacteria, prebiotic supplements can be useful.

How Much Soluble Fiber Do You Need Per Day?

For instance, most experts estimate about 5 grams of prebiotics per day is what most people need. You can obtain this much soluble fiber by eating a few of the foods listed above daily.

Other Benefits of Prebiotics

Lastly, prebiotics do more than just support the growth of probiotics. They’re also amazing for various other conditions.

  • Boost the immune system
  • Help with weight loss
  • Blood sugar maintenance
  • Good for bone health
  • Support a healthy brain and balanced mood

You might also be interested in reading about probiotics. Here is an informative article that I wrote.

Can Healthy Bacteria (Probiotics) Be Your Immune System Champion?

Lastly, if you’re interested in getting healthy, restoring your digestion, and boosting your energy, check out my new comprehensive program Restore your Gut Health.

In the program, you get a ton of delicious satisfying recipes as well as strategies that will help rebuild your intestinal flora.

Or join me on my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/EatYourNutrition where I’ll share more information, tips and recipes to help you live a happier, healthier life.

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Let Me Know What Your Thoughts Are on Prebiotics in Food!

Have you ever thought about the importance of prebiotics in addition to probiotics?

Let me know in the comments below.

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