Probiotics

Foods That Are Valuable Sources of Prebiotics

Over the past few years, the lengthy list of benefits associated with probiotics have become common knowledge, and many people work hard to get a beneficial amount of them into their diet—whether through food or supplements.

Prebiotics, however, are far less popular. In fact, many people have never heard of them, let alone what their function is. Essentially, they are a type of fiber that feeds friendly probiotic bacteria, allowing them to function more effectively. Therefore, it’s just as important to consume enough prebiotics as probiotics. But where can you find them? The following are eight excellent food sources.

Garlic

Not only is garlic an incredibly delicious herb that can give a flavor boost to almost any meal, it is also an excellent source of prebiotics. According to Healthline, “About 11% of garlic’s fiber content comes from inulin and 6-percent from a sweet, naturally occurring prebiotic called fructooligosaccharides (FOS).”

Eating it, especially raw, is not only beneficial for growing Bifidobacteria in the gut, but it also “prevents disease-promoting bacteria from growing.” Try adding it to foods like salad, guacamole, and hummus.

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Julie Ching, MS, RDN, CDE

Julie Ching, MS, RDN, CDE

Julie Ching is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator in Los Angeles. She decided to become a Dietitian after traveling through Europe, South America, and Asia and discovered a passion for food. She now works with people of all ages and varying disease states to improve their health. She is passionate about teaching people about nutrition so they can live their best life while still considering their cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.

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