The prebiotic foods come to be some foods that are within the group of those named as Functional Foods , which come to be any modified food or certain food ingredient that produces beneficial effects on health.
Precisely because of this main issue, to know what benefits and properties they have the prebiotic foods for the organism and, therefore, for the health of those who take it or eat it, it can be really useful.
As we already mentioned in a very summarized way in a previous article ( Types of functional foods ), prebiotics are components of food that are not absorbed in the small intestine, but when they reach the colon, they tend to favor the growth and activity of beneficial bacteria, such as lactobacilli and bifidobacteria.
Therefore, some of the most used prebiotics are linked to the genera of the strain L. Casei (DN-114 001), Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium and Streptococcus.
One of the most natural examples of food that contains these bacteria is the breastmilk , which in fact is considered the functional food par excellence, and which is the recommended food during the first six months of life.
Benefits of prebiotic foods
Between the Benefits most important of the prebiotic foods , they emphasize for example the existence in these of fundamental components, as they are the proteins, the fats and the carbohydrates.
They contain a high amount of oligosaccharides , which play an important role as facilitators of a bifidogenic intestinal flora , since they act as prebiotic agents, being resistant to digestion of the digestive tract, and reaching the colon where they are fermented by the resident microflora.