Prebiotics are a unique kind of dietary fibre that promote the growth of beneficial or ‘good’ bacteria in the gut.
➡️ Although all prebiotics are fibre, not all fibres are classified as prebiotics.
“A prebiotic is a substrate that is selectively utilised by host microorganisms conferring a health benefit”
•Are resistant to human digestion
•Can undergo fermentation by gut microbes
•Selectively encourage the growth or beneficial action of health-promoting bacteria
Some health benefits of prebiotics include:
❇️Modulation of the gut microbiota
✳️Improved mineral absorption
❇️Improved blood glucose and insulin profiles
✳️Protection against intestinal infections
❇️Production of anti-inflammatory compounds