Probiotic and prebiotic are two very common nutrition topic. Yet even though they are sound similar but do you really know the difference between them?

What are Probiotic and Prebiotic?

Probiotic

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They are live bacteria found in food and certain supplements. It has ability and effective in managing certain gastrointestinal conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome symptoms.

What are good source of probiotics?

Fermented dairy food for example yogurt, kefir products and soft cheese are the best sources which contain good live cultures (bfidobacteria and lactobacilli). Other than this, you can also opt for other non-dairy foods for instances sauerkraut, miso soup, tempeh, kimchi and even sourdough bread. The common feature of all these foods is through fermentation process.

Prebiotic

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Prebiotic are food for probiotic which are a type of carbohydrates mostly fiber. Our human body unable to digest it but the gut bacteria do.

Which food are prebiotic?

Food rich in prebiotic such as banana, oatmeal, asparagus, onion, garlic, soybeans and whole wheat food.

Relationship between probiotic and prebiotic

The food we eat has important role in balance the good or bad bacteria in the gut. The good bacteria can help to prevent us from bad bacteria and fungi in the stomach. When probiotic and prebiotic are combined is called as synbiotic. Fermented food is a very good example because they do contain live bacteria and the fuel they need to thrive. If you combined together in the diet able to aid balance gut flora and treat infectious diarrhea. Additionally, can prevent specific allergic reaction, reduce symptoms of lactose intolerance and maintain healthy digestive system.

In a nutshell, consistently eat a good food not only will bring a good healthy but also good mood.

 

Key message:

Nowadays they are easily find in the form of dietary supplements, however it is not a replacement to your medication. In the other way, you may obtain it from your diet through natural ingredients.