« P » as prebiotics

2019-06-03T15:36:26+02:0031 May 2019|Glossary, P|Comments Off on « P » as prebiotics

Prebiotics are non-digestible fibers from our diet. Their goal is to selectively stimulate the beneficial bacteria of our intestinal microbiota. Prebiotics are mainly short chains carbohydrates (i.e. sugars). After consumption, prebiotics cross the digestive tract without being digested until the colon. They are used as a substrate by the “good” bacteria, which ferment and turn them into short-chain fatty acids such as butyrate, acetate, lactate or propionate. Inulin and fructooligosaccharides (FOS) are the most represented prebiotics in quantity in our diet. They are found in certain fruits and vegetables (bananas, endive, chicory…), and some cereals (wheat, rye…). However, there are other [...]