From yogurt and kefir to kombucha and kimchi, probiotics are everywhere. This gut-friendly food ingredient touts various wellness benefits from immune system support and brain health to digestive balance and regularity. But what exactly are probiotics and how do they help support a healthy gut? Probiotics are live yeasts and bacteria (most commonly Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium, and Saccharomyces boulardii) that help the digestive system work effectively and keep other systems in the body living in harmony. By affecting the nerves that control gut movement, probiotics help move food through the gut and generally foster a healthy and happy bacterial environment in the digestive system.1
However, the popular focus on probiotics leaves out another type of “germ” that is integral to the work of probiotics in the digestive tract: prebiotics. Prebiotic fiber is the non-digestible part of food. It’s found in many fruits and vegetables including bananas, asparagus, garlic, some apples, and chicory root.
Prebiotic fiber ferments as it reaches the large intestine, feeding the beneficial bacteria—probiotics. Prebiotic fiber, like that found in Fiber Choice®, has been shown to support regularity2, immunity, bone health, weight management, and more. Both prebiotics and probiotics are essential to maintaining a healthy digestive system and overall wellbeing. But beyond yogurt and bananas, what can you do to get all the fiber that’s necessary for good health? Most Americans don’t get all the daily fiber they need from their diet.3 According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, women should consume 25 grams of fiber per day, and men should aim for 38 grams.
To help close this Fiber Gap™ between the fiber you need and the fiber you get, Fiber Choice is a delicious and convenient option that is also a prebiotic, which feeds the healthy probiotics in your system. Check out all of the tasty forms and flavors available and learn more about how Fiber Choice is the Smart Choice for your digestive health.
1 Micka A, et al. Effect of consumption of chicory inulin on bowel function in healthy subjects with constipation: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition. Aug. 2017 68:1,82-89.
2 Nazario B. What Are Probiotics? WebMD. Reviewed on June 25, 2018. https://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/what-are-probiotics#2. Accessed on July 19, 2019.
3 Terrie YC. Fiber Supplements: Health Benefits & Side Effects. Pharmacy Times website. https://www.pharmacytimes.com/publications/issue/2014/july2014/fiber-supplements-health-benefits-and-side-effects. July 11, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2018.