Prebiotic Foods List

I’ve made this Prebiotic Foods List to show you the types of foods you need to be adding to your diet… and why.

Are you feeding your “bugs”?

To have a healthy colony of bugs, or friendly bacterias in your system, you need to feed them! 

Have you ever thought about that? 

You mean, I’ve got to feed bugs in my body?  Surely I’m trying to get rid of bugs, not feed them! 

What are Probiotics?

Well hang on a moment… let’s understand what we are talking about here. Within your body there is a huge community of friendly bacteria. There is so many in fact, that there are more of them then there are cells in your body!

There are around about 1.5 kilos of bacteria in your digestive tract! That’s a lot isn’t it? But before you rush off to the chemist and ask him for something to get rid of them, you need to realise that they are the ‘good guys’!

If we didn’t have them, we wouldn’t be able to digest our food properly, much less absorb it into our body. We need them!

Now, because they are living creatures, they need food… yes they do! And what’s more, they expect you to provide it for them! If we feed them well, they will be fit and strong and able to perform their necessary actions on our behalf.

So what do I feed them with?


Er… what are Prebiotics?

In simple terms, it’s a non-digestable fibre. By non-digestable, I mean that we are unable to break down the food for our own use, but our little critters love it. They munch, munch, munch while it keeps them fit and healthy.

Prebiotic Foods List

Some of the highest sources:

  • Apples
  • Artichoke
  • Asparagus
  • Bananas
  • Beans – dried
  • Bran
  • Burdock
  • Cabbage
  • Cacao
  • Chicory
  • Flaxseeds
  • Garlic
  • Leeks
  • Legumes
  • Oats
  • Onions
  • Root Vegetables
  • Sorghum

I would suggest that you read carefully through that list, asking yourself the question… do I eat enough of these foods?

If you regularly eat a wide variety of vegetables, you are most probably OK. If you don’t, you could be starving your little guys.

Yacon Syrup

I’ve found one I really love called Yacon Syrup.  Just a little spoonful each morning on an empty stomach gives a really good boost in the amount of prebiotics I receive.

Syrup from Yacon Root

Yes I know, I hadn’t heard of it either, but to help you I’ll explain what it is further here:
Health Benefits of Yacon Syrup

So here is just one more reason why we need to be making very sure we’re eating enough fruit and vegetables per day from this prebiotic food list. If we don’t, we’re starving the friendly bacteria so they die and can’t do the job they were designed to do.

Just to go over again what I’m sharing here:

  • Probiotics are the friendly bacteria in our digestive system… living creatures that need food to survive.
  • Prebiotics are the foods we eat that we cannot digest, but the friendly bacteria can. They are dependent on receiving foods of this nature. It’s important we provide it for them.

Do you regularly consume foods mentioned here in the Prebiotic Foods List?


6 Thoughts to “Prebiotic Foods List – This is Food for the Good Guys”

  1. Clara

    hello there and thank you for your information I’ve undoubtedly picked up something new to help me. I was wondering if you have to eat these prebiotic foods at the same time as probiotics

  2. Thanks Clara for your comment. I have read that it can be good to eat them together within the same meal as it makes sure the probiotics are getting a good dose of food. I don’t know that you have to be pedantic about it though.

  3. Driew

    I eat a lot of yogurt!

    1. Marilyn Williams

      That’s great Driew! Try to introduce a few other types of probiotics as well as they contain different strains that are all beneficial.

  4. Jerry Smith

    The Best prebiotic is Chia seeds, 2-Tbsp maximum per day!

    1. Marilyn Williams

      Thanks for sharing that Jerry. You are so right! Great.

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