Prebiotics are a type of dietary fiber that promotes beneficial bacteria growth and activity in the gut. They are found mainly in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and can be classified into two main categories: soluble and insoluble.
Soluble prebiotics dissolves in water, while insoluble prebiotics does not. Both types are important for gut health, but soluble prebiotics is especially beneficial because they can feed the good bacteria in the gut and help them grow. Insoluble prebiotics can also help keep the gut healthy by adding bulk to stool and preventing constipation.
Prebiotics has been shown to have several health benefits, including improved digestion, reduced inflammation, and better blood sugar control. They may also play a role in preventing or treating some chronic diseases, such as obesity and heart disease.
If you’re looking to add more prebiotics to your diet, there are a few simple ways. Add fruits and vegetables like bananas, onions, garlic, leeks, asparagus, and artichokes to your meals. Make sure to include whole grains like oats, barley, and quinoa in your diet. You can also take a prebiotic supplement if you want to make sure you’re getting enough.
Types Of Prebiotics
We usually use formula milk since we cannot incorporate these food items into a baby’s diet. But what needs to be done to ensure your baby gets the right prebiotics? But first, we need to learn about different prebiotics, namely galactooligosaccharides (GOS) vs. fructooligosaccharides (FOS).
Galactooligosaccharides (GOS) are a type of sugar found in breast milk and some infant formulas. They are also added to some foods to help boost the immune system.
- GOS is thought to work by promoting the growth of good bacteria in the gut. This helps to protect against harmful bacteria and viruses.
- GOS may also help reduce the risk of allergies and other inflammatory conditions.
- A growing body of evidence suggests that GOS can have health benefits for infants and children. These include reducing the risk of diarrhea, improving immune function, and reducing the severity of allergies.
- There is also some evidence that GOS may help to reduce the risk of obesity in later life. However, more research is needed to confirm this.
If you are thinking about giving your child GOS-containing foods or supplements, speak to your doctor or dietitian first.
Fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS) are a kind of sugar. It is made from fruits and vegetables. Babies can get sick if they eat too much FOS. FOS is not just in fruits and vegetables. It is also in some baby formula. If you are worried about your baby’s health, talk to your doctor.
Downside of Fructo-oligosaccharides
- The study found that FOS caused the intestinal barrier to become less effective at stopping bacteria from entering the body. This could lead to health problems like salmonella enteritidis infection.
- The findings suggest that FOS may be one of the reasons why some people are more likely to get sick from food poisoning than others. The researchers say that more studies are needed to confirm their findings.
- Too much FOS can cause babies tummy pain, gas, and diarrhea. It can also cause weight gain.
HiPP Formula Infant Milks DO not use FOS. Rather they add GOS that does not have a plant source, and thus you can safely give it to your babies.