Are prebiotic fibers good or bad?
If you were wondering what fructans, galacto-oligosaccharides, and inulin are, like my husband and I were pondering, they are fibers that manufacturers add to their products to make their nutritional values appear healthier, since it will increase the fiber content. The problem is that these fibers are not in their natural state, and these added these prebiotic fibers can also cause stomach pain (1).
Just like juicing an apple, which changes it from a healthy fruit to an unhealthy sugar bomb, you don’t want extracted ingredients. You want whole foods. If you’re not sure what an ingredient is, it’s typically best to avoid it.
- Source: “Get the Benefits of Prebiotics, Too.” Consumer Reports, On Health. Mar 2017. Page 5. Print.
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