Differences between Probiotics and Prebiotics

Monday, February 4, 2013 @ 11:02 PM

Probiotic bacteria must be live and able to reproduce in order for it to be beneficial.

  • Beneficial bacteria have a lifelong, powerful effect on your gut’s immune system and your systemic immune system as well. The bacteria play a crucial role in the development and operation of the mucosal immune system in your digestive tract. They also aid in the production of antibodies to pathogens.
  • Friendly bacteria train your immune system to distinguish between pathogens and non-harmful antigens, and to respond appropriately. This important function prevents your immune system from overreacting to non-harmful antigens.
  • Probiotics can even help to normalize your weight. One study found that obese people were able to reduce their abdominal fat by nearly 5 percent, and their subcutaneous fat by over 3 percent, just be drinking a probiotic-rich fermented milk beverage for 12 weeks.

Yogurt is the most familiar source of probiotics.

Miso Soup is a popular breakfast food in Japan, this fermented soybean paste really can get your digestive system moving.

Soft Cheeses fermented with the lactobacillus strains, like Gouda, are hardy enough to survive the digestive process. In addition, cheese may act as a carrier for probiotics, which may, boost the immune system.

Kefir is a fermented bubbly beverage. Thick, creamy, and tangy like yogurt, kefir has its own strains of probiotic bacteria, plus a few beneficial yeast varieties.

Milk With Probiotics One of the easiest ways to get probiotics into your diet is by drinking acidophilus milk. This is simply milk that has been fermented with bacteria such as lactobacillus acidophilus. Buttermilk is generally milk that is cultured with lactic acid bacteria, also rich in probiotics.

Tempeh is made from a base of fermented soybeans. Tempeh is very high in protein. Its flavor has often been described as smoky, nutty, and similar to a mushroom. Tempeh can be marinated and used in meals in place of meat.

Prebiotics are commonly referred to as fiber because they are non-digestible. Prebiotics are complex sugars. Yes, fiber is a carbohydrate and it breaks down into sugar.

Prebiotic foods feed the good bacteria already living in your digestive system. You can find prebiotics in foods such as: asparagus, Jerusalem artichokes, bananas, oatmeal, and legumes.



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