Probiotics and Prebiotics
A lot of people don’t know the difference between these two or know which foods they are found in. Here is some info to clear some of these things up for you. Probiotics are the good bacteria that you want in your gut. By eating foods high in probiotics, you are literally putting the good bacteria into your gut. Foods that naturally contain these products are fermented foods such as yoghurt (dairy and non-dairy), aged cheese, kimchi, sauerkraut, miso, tempeh, kefir, kombucha (the no sugar added versions). Although, just because it says it’s fermented doesn’t mean it always has probiotics. Some foods that are fermented but have been processed to the point they no longer contain probiotics include beer, wine, sourdough, soya and chocolate.
Prebiotics are the food for the good bacteria. We want to eat the good bacteria in our probiotics but we also want to feed them with prebiotics. Some of the foods that are good sources of prebiotic fibre include garlic, onion, oats, bananas, apples, wheat bran, konjac and leeks.
It isn’t necessary or required to eat tonnes of prebiotics or probiotics foods but getting a few sources in a day can be enough to give your gut a helping hand. Therefore, taking supplements isn’t required, unless recommended by a health professional for your specific circumstances.