The Difference Between Prebiotics and Probiotics

Probiotics

Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts. We usually think of bacteria as something bad, however, your body actually contains bacteria, both good and bad. Two of the most common strains of probiotics are Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium. Probiotics need to eat too, and that’s where the term prebiotics comes in.

Prebiotics

Prebiotics are defined as a non-living, non-digestible, special forms of dietary fiber. Prebiotics are essentially non-digestible by our stomachs, which means they remain intact until further along in the digestive system, when they provide food for bacteria (probiotics). The most common type of prebiotic is from the soluble dietary fiber inulin. Inulin can be found in vegetables like asparagus, garlic, leek, onion and artichoke.

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