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  • Prebiotics
    • Definition: Non-digestible food ingredients that beneficially affect the host by selectively stimulating the growth and/or activity of one or a limited number of bacteria in the colon
    • Characteristics
      • Dietary ingredient that reaches the colon in an intact form
      • Has a specific metabolism directed towards advantageous rather than adverse bacteria
      • Active at nutritionally feasible dose
      • Lack of side effects
      • Persistent throughout the colon
    • Sources
      • Typically found in plant material, such as seeds and tubers
      • Non-digestible oligosaccharides
      • They have also been detected in cholostrum/human milk
    • Health benefits
      • Similar to those of Probiotics
      • Production of SCFAs
      • Improves mineral absorption and balance


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