Prebiotic is not be confused with probiotic. Both are different and have their own significant role to play. While prebiotic is found in plant food, probiotic food is the one which is acted upon by microorganisms, like curd, yogurt, cheese etc. Prebiotics are non-digestible fiber compounds that pass the smaller intestines, undigested and enter the large intestine. Here, they act as fuel for the good bacteria.
Did you know that gut consists of happy bacteria that if treated well, aids better health? Prebiotics support the growth of good bacteria present in gut. In simpler terms, it is prebiotic that probiotic feeds upon. Hence, the amount of prebiotic food that goes into our body, needs to be higher. It is when the good bacteria in the gut is imbalanced, when the doctor prescribe to intake probiotics, which is also available in the form of pills or capsules.
In one of our recent post, we discussed about raw and cooked vegetables. Delving into it a bit deeper; when you cook prebiotic fiber foods, you lose some of the valuable healthy prebiotic fiber. So eating raw food is recommended in order to retain the nutritional value. While, for cooking food, steaming is the best option to preserve the prebiotic fiber as compared to boiling and frying or any type of cooking that subjects the food to higher temperature.
Prebiotic fiber is found in many fruits and vegetables, such as apples, bananas, onions, garlic, beans, etc. Fiber is the source of prebiotics, hence Jackfruit with its high soluble fiber content, is high in prebiotic. In addition to increasing your fruits and vegetable intake, you can easily increase the prebiotic percentage in your current meal by adding 30 gms of Jackfruit flour (atta) in to it each day.
Here are some of the benefits of increasing prebiotic food consumption
- Less appetite
- Weight loss
- Vitamin production
- Less inflammation in the body
- More calcium absorption
- Better bone density
- Better immunity
- Better digestion
- Healthy cholesterol
- Lower stress
- And more
The more prebiotics (plant fibers) one eats, more active the good bacteria in the gut is, feeding upon them. By this way, the concentration of good bacteria increases within the gut.