Probiotics and prebiotics are both important for a healthy digestive system, but do you know the difference?
Probiotics are live bacteria we often hear about found in certain supplements and foods such as yogurt, dairy, and soy products.
While lesser known, prebiotics are equally or perhaps more important. Prebiotics are specialized plant fibers which act as “fertilizers” for probiotics. Unlike probiotics, which are alive and relatively fragile, prebiotics are resistant to heat and stomach acid and cannot be broken down by the digestive system. Instead, they become food for good bacteria and fuel the growth of probiotic bacteria to promote healthy digestion and immune function.
To put it simply, probiotic foods contain good bacteria and prebiotic foods provide nourishment for the good bacteria to thrive.