Probiotics gained a lot of popularity in the past few years. They are a live yeast and bacteria commonly found in supplements, formula and foods for kids. Their benefits range from digestion aid, immunity boost to colic and eczema medication. Prebiotics, though with similar effects, are usually plant-based fibers which feed bacteria that is good for gut. Since body cannot digest them, they go straight to our gut becoming the bacteria food. For new bacteria, prebiotics can help growth and development.
- For a while Probiotics were trending, as a way to minimize bloat, stop diarrhea and generally improve digestion.
- Although both are aimed at gut health, prebiotics are not actually micro-organisms. Prebiotics are non-digestible carbohydrate matter, such as plant fiber, acting as food for healthy gut bacteria.
- Prebiotics show other beneficial qualities. They can help absorb sugar spikes and aid the body to absorb calcium.
“While science supports some of these uses in certain cases, there are still many unknowns about which strains do what.”