Like probiotics, prebiotics may promote healthy bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract while also possibly benefitting overall health. Prebiotics are non-digestible components of foods that stimulate the production of good bacteria in the digestive tract. They go through the small intestine undigested and activate good bacteria in the colon upon fermentation.
Prebiotics are found in several morning-friendly foods like bananas, whole-grain wheat bread, oats, and soybeans as well as onions, garlic, asparagus, leeks, artichokes, chicory, and tomatoes.
Prebiotic-rich foods are also good sources of fiber. Adequate fiber intake not only promotes digestive health but also offers heart health benefits. In addition, the fiber in these prebiotic foods will also help combat obesity and diabetes while lowering LDL, or “bad,” cholesterol.
There’s no reason not to pump up your breakfast with prebiotics. It’s as simple as topping your oatmeal with sliced banana, opting for whole-grain wheat toast over white toast, and adding some tomatoes and asparagus to your omelet.