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Prebiotics, probiotics & postbiotics: A guide

Prebiotics, probiotics & postbiotics: A guide

Different types of prebiotics

There are various types of prebiotics, but most of them are a subset of carbohydrates. 2 The most common prebiotics include:

  • Fructans – like inulin and fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS), which may be able to stimulate lactic acid bacteria and other bacterial species
  • Galacto-Oligosaccharides – stimulate two key types of friendly bacteria, Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli
  • Starch and Glucose-Derived Oligosaccharides – a kind of resistant starch that produces a high rate of butyrate (a short-chain fatty acid) which benefits our health