Feed­ing Good Gut Bugs

Amazing Wellness - - INSIDE SCOOP -

Al­though all types of fiber from plant foods are an essen­tial part of a healthy diet, some foods are es­pe­cially good sources of pre­bi­otics, spe­cial types of fiber that nour­ish ben­e­fi­cial gut bugs. These foods in­clude ap­ples, as­para­gus, Jerusalem ar­ti­chokes, leeks, onions, and tiger nuts (not ac­tu­ally nuts, but small root vegeta­bles).

In sup­ple­ments, these are dif­fer­ent types of pre­bi­otics: in­ulin, FOS (fruc­tooligosac­cha­rides), GOS (galac­tooligosac­cha­rides), and an­other form in­tro­duced more re­cently: XOS (xy­looligosac­cha­rides). A study at the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia Los An­ge­les found that 1 gram daily of XOS re­duced bad gut bac­te­ria and en­hanced ben­e­fi­cial bac­te­ria in peo­ple who were healthy, over­weight, or had el­e­vated lev­els of blood sugar.

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