What Foods Contain Prebiotics

Prebiotics are the food that feeds the guts intestinal flora – our beneficial bacteria – in order to help them grow and strengthen the digestive system.

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The best way to obtain prebiotics is by eating a diverse range of whole natural foods. 

In this article you’ll discover the best prebiotic foods you can add to your diet.

Prebiotic Rich Wholegrains

Wholegrains are a rich source of prebiotics, which is great news because the western diet contains a substantial amount of them…

Unfortunately, these wholegrains are the refined variety, meaning most of their natural goodness is removed leaving little to no nutritional value to the human body.

For example, a staple ingredient is white refined flour used to make bread, cakes and pasta.

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

Rich sources of prebiotic grains are:

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

Prebiotic Rich Vegetables

Vegetables are a great source dietary fiber which are important for helping maintain a balanced digestive system.

What’s more, certain vegetables contain inulin – a prebiotic fiber. In the gut inulin transforms into a butyrate a short chain fatty acid  known to have anti-inflammatory properties that may protect the colon from the cancer.

Research also reveals butyrate may influence gene expression in a way that may suppress the growth of cancer cells and promote the growth of healthy cells. 

It’s best to eat vegetables raw as that’s going to give you highest level of nutrients and prebiotics.

Great examples of prebiotic rich vegetables are;

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

Prebiotic Rich Fruits

Unlike certain vegetables most fruit taste delicious in their raw state.

If possible buy organic and the fresher the better.

The longer fruit is left on the shelf the more those important vitamins, enzymes and prebiotics degrade.

Furthermore, fruit can easily be combined into delicious and healthy dessert dishes.

For example mixing kiwifruit and banana with yogurt is a delicious and healthy recipe to ensure you get your daily requirements of probiotics and prebiotics.

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 Kiwi Klenz. A 100% natural prebiotic supplement made from only one ingredient – New Zealand harvested kiwifruit – one of the most nutritious and prebiotic foods grown on earth.

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

Xtend Life, the creators of Kiwi Klenz, use a unique and patented cold water extraction process that preserves the enzyme quality of the fruit. 

To learn more about the digestive health benefits of Kiwi Klenz – click here