Global Prebiotics Week
November 6-10, 2023
Let's Celebrate Prebiotics
Global Prebiotics Week celebrates the power of prebiotics by raising awareness and providing education on the importance of these ingredients and their role in the microbiome. Global Prebiotics Week is celebrated the first full week of November. This year, Global Prebiotics Week falls on November 6-10 and the theme is Powering the Microbiome which will showcase the importance of prebiotics in this area.
Powering the Microbiome:
Prebiotics are natural compounds found in certain foods that act as power-ups for your gut. But they’re not just for you… they’re food for the trillions of friendly bacteria hanging out in your gut.
Prebiotics don’t actually get digested in the stomach or small intestine. Instead, they make their way to the colon, where they become a buffet for the good gut bacteria. By keeping these friendly microbes well-fed, prebiotics help create a balanced and vibrant gut community.
This well-nourished microbiome can do wonders for digestion, boost the immune system, and even alter your mood.
Join us this week as we discover the incredible power of prebiotics and how they can power your gut health – and your overall well-being.
Types of Prebiotics
Did you know? Inulin, a plant-based wonder, is your gut’s best friend! Found in chicory roots and many other plants, it’s a non-digestible carbohydrate with GRAS status in the USA. Inulin acts as a prebiotic, promoting a healthy gut microbiome, and is a versatile ingredient for fat and sugar replacement in foods. It’s your secret weapon for digestive wellness and creating healthier, tastier dishes.
The Latest In Prebiotic Research
Explore our collection of research articles and resources, connecting you to the most up-to-date findings from top sources in the field of prebiotic research.
The effect of a lozenge combining prebiotic arginine and probiotics on caries increment in children during 10–12 months, a randomized clinical trial Dental caries develops
Dietary fibre reverses adverse post-stroke outcomes in mice via short-chain fatty acids and its sensing receptors GPR41, GPR43 and GPR109A Over 12 million people suffer
Let's Talk Synbiotics
What Are Synbiotics?
Synbiotics are mixtures of live or inanimate microorganisms co-administered with substrate(s) selectively utilized by either the co-administered microorganism or the host’s indigenous microorganisms, conferring a health or performance benefit.
Formulating, Formats, and Applications
Tap into the world of Prebiotics with some of these frequently asked questions on sources and applications. Your insight for answers to the most common queries about prebiotic formats and their diverse applications.
Prebiotics can be taken at any time of day, but there isn’t a specific “best” time. It’s more important to maintain a consistent daily intake. Prebiotics serve as a food source for beneficial gut bacteria, and their effects are gradual and long-term. It’s recommended to incorporate prebiotics into your daily diet to support a healthy gut microbiome.
Prebiotics can be incorporated into various food products, including yogurt, cereal, energy bars, and dietary supplements. Common prebiotic ingredients include inulin, oligosaccharides, and fructooligosaccharides (FOS). Manufacturers often add these ingredients to their products to enhance their prebiotic content and health benefits.
Many natural foods contain prebiotics, including:
- Garlic and onions: Contain inulin and fructooligosaccharides.
- Bananas: Contain resistant starch, a type of prebiotic.
- Asparagus: Rich in inulin.
- Jerusalem artichokes: High in inulin.
- Chicory root: Contains inulin and oligofructose.
- Whole grains: Such as wheat, barley, and oats, which contain resistant starch and other prebiotic fibers.
The choice of prebiotic formulation depends on your specific dietary preferences and goals. Consider factors such as the type of prebiotic, dosage, and potential side effects. It’s essential to consult with a healthcare professional or nutritionist for personalized advice based on your health and dietary requirements.
Yes, prebiotic powders can be mixed with various beverages or foods, such as water, smoothies, or yogurt. This allows for flexibility in incorporating prebiotics into your daily routine. Just follow the recommended dosage and mixing instructions provided on the product label to ensure proper intake.
To incorporate prebiotics into your daily routine, consider adding prebiotic-rich foods to your meals and snacks. You can also use prebiotic supplements or fortified products as a convenient option. Start with a lower dosage and gradually increase it to minimize potential digestive discomfort. Consistency is key for long-term benefits.
Yes, you can use prebiotic products alongside probiotics or other supplements. In fact, combining prebiotics with probiotics can have a synergistic effect, as prebiotics provide the “food” for probiotic bacteria, enhancing their survival and effectiveness in the gut. However, it’s advisable to consult with a healthcare professional to determine the appropriate combinations and dosages for your specific health goals.
Join Us In Celebrating Global Prebiotics Week!
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Stay Connected with Global Prebiotics Association:
We are comprised of ingredient manufacturers, brand holders and retailers, focused on raising awareness of and support for the prebiotics category. We provide a wide variety of resources and tools to help you and your organization stay up-to-date with the latest news in the world of prebiotics.