Probiotics and Prebiotics – Do We Reveal the Difference?

Probiotics and prebiotics

Probiotics and prebiotics are a big topic in the food world today. But even though the two terms may seem similar, they both perform completely different functions in terms of health.

So far we have read about what probiotics are and what they are needed for the proper functioning of our body, especially when we are taking antibiotics. And what are prebiotics? And are they connected? Below we solve all the doubts.

Probiotics and prebiotics

In short, probiotics they are good microorganisms (bacteria, fungi, viruses, etc.), a prebiotics they are food for these microorganisms. Good microorganisms in the digestive tract protect us from bad microorganisms. Research has also shown that intestinal microorganisms strengthen the immune system, improve the symptoms of depression, help fight obesity …

Also read … When do you take probiotics to really work?

The food we eat plays a key role in balancing good and bad bacteria. For example, a diet rich in sugars and fats has a negative effect on good bacteria. And when we feed them regularly, they multiply and damage our health.

Research has also shown that antibiotics cause permanent changes in the amount of certain bacteria.

Do we all know what probiotic foods are (unpasteurized vegetables like yogurt, kefir, kombucha tea, cucumbers and chucruut) and what about prebiotics?

Prebiotics in food

Foods for good bacteria are found in fiber: vegetables, fruits and legumes. The richest foods in terms of prebiotics are beans, peas, oats, bananas, cherries, artichokes, asparagus, garlic, dandelion leaves, onions and leeks.

Although prebiotics can also be obtained as a supplement, it is best to consume them through diet.

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