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Prebiotics are indigestible carbohydrates (oligosaccharides) and a source of dietary fibre. These special nutrients improve health by stimulating the growth of “friendly” gut bacteria.
Prebiotics are found in wholegrains, bananas, asparagus, artichokes, garlic, onions, tomatoes, chicory. There are many prebiotic and probiotic supplements available in the market; consult with your healthcare professional whether to take any in pregnancy.
The prebiotic fibres are naturally found in breastmilk in large quantities and are also added to baby milks. They absorb water and this has the effect of making stools softer and easier to pass. PRÆBIOTIK® is our registered trademark which indicates that our products contain a special mix of prebiotics, derived from the lactose in milk.
Probiotics are the “friendly” bacteria which naturally exist in our gut and thrive on prebiotic fibres we ingest. They fight potentially harmful (pathogenic) bacteria in our digestive system. Probiotics are traditionally found in yogurt-based foods.
What is the difference between prebiotics and probiotics?
|Found in breastmilk
||Found in breastmilk
| Food for the friendly bacteria in the gut
|| They are the friendly bacteria in the gut which thrive on prebiotic fibres
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