What Foods Contain Prebiotics And How To Find Them

Prebiotics feeds our intestinal flora - the beneficial bacteria essential to our digestive health. Discover which foods provide the richest source and how to get them.

Prebiotics in a nutshell are the food that feeds our intestinal flora – are beneficial bacteria – in order to help them grow and strengthen our digestive system. If you need a more detailed explanation, here is more details about prebiotics and their benefits.

Now that you understand their importance you need to find out what foods contain prebiotics.

The best way to obtain your prebiotics is by eating a diverse range of whole foods as you possibly can. Below I have listed the main food groups that are a rich source of prebiotics.

Prebiotic Rich Wholegrains

The good news is that grains make up a substantial amount of the Western diet unfortunately, most of those grains are refined. This means their natural goodness contained within the husk has been removed leaving little to no nutritional value to the human body. White refined flour used in white bread, cakes and pasta is a fine example of this.

The best grains to eat are those in their raw unrefined state. These are far more natural, nutritious and contain more prebiotic fibers.

Rich sources of prebiotic grains are;

  • brown wholegrain bread
  • unrefined oats
  • unrefined wheat
  • quinoa
  • buckwheat
  • flax

Prebiotic Rich Vegetables

Vegetables are a great source of the prebiotic inulin and dietary fibre which are important components for healthy digestion. As with grains, they are better eaten in their raw state in order to obtain higher levels of nutrients and prebiotics. Cooking vegetables lowers their nutritional and prebiotic value.

Great examples of prebiotic rich vegetables are;

  • raw Jerusalem artichoke
  • asparagus
  • raw onions
  • leeks
  • raw chicory root
  • garlic
  • soy beans

Prebiotic Rich Fruits

Unlike certain vegetables most fruit in their raw state are delicious to eat and easy to incorporate into your daily diet. However, when choosing fruit try and buy fresh organic as much as possible. The older the fruit the faster the vitamins, enzymes and prebiotics degrade.

Fruit can easily be adapted into delicious and healthy dessert dishes such as kiwifruit mixed with a probiotic yogurt. Another delicious and healthy recipe is a banana smoothie in the morning,

Here are a list of fruits rich in prebiotics

  • kiwifruit
  • banana
  • cranberries
  • strawberries
  • cherries

Prebiotic Supplements

These are becoming a popular way to support a healthy prebiotic diet. However, it is important to point out that not all prebiotic supplements are created equal.

Many supplements use artificial fillers and bulking agents that take up a large proportion of the ingredients. For those supplements that do use natural ingredients most of the nutrients and digestive enzymes are destroyed because of the high temperatures used in their manufacture. Also, many supplement manufacturers still use gelatin – the bits and parts of animals – to make their capsule casings.

For these reasons we only use and recommend MX Kiwi Biotic. A complete 100 percent natural prebiotic supplement made from only one ingredient – New Zealand harvested kiwifruit – one of the most nutritious and prebiotic foods grown on earth.

As well as prebiotics the kiwifruit is also rich in phenolic compounds, digestive enzymes, and dietary fibre. These combined with prebiotics offers you the highest level of nutrients to build a healthy digestion.

Maxalife, the creators of MX Kiwi Biotic preserve the enzyme quality of the kiwifruit by using a unique and patented cold water extraction process. By doing so, the fruit is retained as close to its natural state as possible.

To learn more about how MX Kiwi Biotic can boost your digestive health – click here

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