Originally published on thehealthy.com 24th August 2021
If you want to add more prebiotic foods to your diet, here are some of the best prebiotic foods that dietitians recommend.
Gut health basics
When it comes to disease prevention and overall wellness, it’s a good idea to pay attention to the health of your gut microbiome.
That’s the billions of teeming bacteria and other organisms found in your intestines that help digest your food and regulate your immune system.
In fact, as much as 70 percent of our entire immune system is in the gut, according to the Journal of Translational Immunology.
The gut microbiome may impact everything from body weight to blood sugar regulation, and even mood, according to reports published in journals like Cell, the Postgrad Medical Journal, and Brain, Behaviour and Immunity.
When it comes to supporting gut health, it’s a good idea to focus on both prebiotics and probiotics.
“Prebiotics can enhance absorption of nutrients, in particular minerals like calcium, optimize digestion and metabolism, and reverse damage to the gut environment due to prolonged antibiotic use,” says registered dietitian nutritionist Ilene Cohen, of PranaSpirit Nutrition & Wellness.
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The best prebiotic foods to add to your diet
When it comes to food sources of prebiotics, there are a few that stand out from the crowd. This is the best prebiotic food list, according to top nutrition experts.
- Unripe (green) bananas
- Tart cherries