You hear more about the “microbiome” every day. That’s because we’re learning more — and what we’re learning, we’re liking. The microbiome is linked to overall health; the happier it is, the happier and healthier you are.
That’s where probiotics and prebiotics come in. You’ll see these two words working side by side, but they are not interchangeable. Each plays a crucial role in maintaining a healthy gut. Learn more below.
What Exactly Are They Doing in Me?
You’re not alone. Ever. Everywhere you go, you’re carrying trillions of microscopic lives with you. How those tiny lives interact and get along can influence your personal health. Probiotics and prebiotics help to maintain a healthy inner community. In the process, they also help you maintain a healthy digestive system, relieve uncomfortable (or dangerous) digestive issues and boost your immune system. This is all accomplished by maintaining balanced gut microbiota.
How Are They Different?
To understand probiotic and prebiotic benefits, you have to know how they function. Here’s a quick explanation:
- Probiotics are actual bacterial colonies. When you introduce them to your microbiome, they can potentially help to control the growth of harmful bacteria. There are many types of probiotics, and researchers are discovering other microscopic benefits they bring to the table.
- Prebiotics are not living colonies, but they help to support them. Your microbiome requires specific energy sources to thrive, but the right nutrition might not make its way to where it needs to be — for example, the large intestine. Prebiotics are organic fibers that don’t digest in the stomach. Rather, they ferment in the large intestines, giving those hidden bacterial colonies something to eat.
That’s Incredible! Does Everyone Know About This?
It’s certainly catching on in the food industry. As consumers turn to natural “food-as-medicine” philosophies, they’re seeking different types of prebiotics and probiotics to complement their diets. Fortunately for them, it’s no longer a niche market. Major brands such as Pepsi-owned KeVita have brought kombucha probiotics to the mainstream, and Kellogg’s launched Special K Nourish Berries & Peaches specifically to leverage a new public demand for probiotics.
As more people understand prebiotic and probiotic benefits, more options will become available. As with any emerging food trends, PacMoore will be at the forefront, ensuring food manufacturers have what they need to give consumers what they want.
What Can PacMoore Do for You?
We’ve been in this business a long time, and we’ve seen food trends of all types come and go. We also know which ones will be around for the long term. That gives PacMoore a crucial edge when it comes to partnering with food manufacturers across the spectrum.
With a highly skilled team and cutting-edge food production resources, we help our partners produce the highest-quality food products on the market, whatever the unique specifications. To learn more about probiotics and prebiotics, and to find out about our services in this space, contact PacMoore today.
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