What Are Pre-biotics?

Updated: Aug 19, 2019


Pre-biotics are the food for our good gut bacteria also known as our microbiome. Our good bacteria in our gut affects so many aspects of our health. There are a lot of probiotic supplements out there.

Prebiotic supplements are a bit newer to the game but no less important.

You can take a supplement for pre-biotics however there are many common food sources that are also a great source of pre-biotics.

Asparagus is one of those foods. It’s a versatile vegetable that you can steam, grill, or roast in your oven. A little olive oil salt and pepper and you’re good to go!

Asparagus contains a certain type of indigestible fiber called inulin. This fiber actually acts as a food source for the good bacteria in our gut.

The inulin content of asparagus may be around 2-3 grams per 100-gram (3.5-oz) serving.

Asparagus has been shown to promote friendly bacteria in the gut and has been linked to the prevention of certain cancers (28Trusted Source).

The combination of fiber and antioxidants in asparagus also appears to provide anti-inflammatory benefits (29Trusted Source).

A 100-gram (3.5-oz) serving of asparagus also contains about 2 grams of protein.

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