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Taryn DeCicco, ND, LAc, LDN | Article

Do You Need to Take a Prebiotic Supplement?

4/21/2017
Prebiotics Nourish good bacteria!

Soluble fiber and non-digestible sugars which are utilized by gut bacteria.

The two most widely accepted prebiotics are FOS (fructooligosaccharides, which includes inulin) and GOS (galactooligosaccharides). If you read the labels on prebiotic products, you’ll see ingredients that end in “saccharides” and “ose,” which means sugar or carbohydrate. You might also see ones that end in “itol,” which are alcohol sugars, I DO NOT recommend those.

Food Sources of Prebiotics



prebiioticMany prebiotic supplements are made from grains like oats and corn, which contain soluble fiber. Whole grains, such as brown rice, whole grain breads, whole-wheat pasta, barley, oatmeal, flax, and chia, contain fiber as well. All of these things should be a regular part of a healthy diet.

Organic fruits and vegetables also contain prebiotics... Asparagus, leeks, artichokes, garlic, carrots, peas, beans, onions, chicory, jicama, broccoli, tomatoes, cauliflower, spinach, kale, and chard all contain prebiotics. (It’s interesting to note that cooking these vegetables doesn’t negatively affect the prebiotic fiber content.) As for fruits, bananas, cherries, apples, pears, oranges, strawberries, cranberries, kiwi, and berries are good sources. Nuts are also a prebiotic source. If you do not eat healthfully consider taking this powder daily...FREE SHIPPING!

For Healthy People, you do not need to take a separate prebiotic supplement if you are eating a healthful diet which contains a variety of the foods as indicated above. Others, who are needing to rebuild their intestinal environment will need to take a prebiotic supplement on occasion, especially if their levels are dangerously low. A healthy diet is so important for colonic and digestive health! It is impossible to maintain a healthy digestive balance without eating healthy foods. Fortunately, this will yield dividends beyond digestion!

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