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Digestion Q and A

Digestion Q and A

Q: What’s the difference between prebiotics and probiotics?

A: Probiotics are live, good bacteria that are added to foods and drinks. After consuming a product that contains probiotics, the good bacteria are passed into the digestive tract where they help to improve the overall balance of bacteria in the digestive system. Factors such as diet, stress and antibiotics can upset the balance of good bacteria in the digestive system. Probiotics can help to balance out the harmful bacteria, keeping the digestive system healthy. Probiotics are found in a number of different foods including yogurt and fermented milk drinks and they are also available in capsules and powders. Prebiotics on the other hand, are not bacteria at all. They come from indigestible fibres found in fruits and vegetables, legumes and wholegrain breads and cereals and provide the food for good bacteria. Prebiotics enhance and promote the growth of the good bacteria that already exist in the digestive system. To keep your digestive system healthy, include a variety of fruits and vegetables, legumes and wholegrain cereals every day. Boost your body’s good bacteria with a probiotic-containing yogurt, a tasty snack option during the day or a nutritious way to add extra flavour to your cereal and fruit.