Do the bacteria in your digestive tract – known as your gut microbiota – hold the key to reducing inflammation and chronic disease? Discussions of prebiotics, probiotics, and other steps targeting healthy gut microbes fill magazines, books and other media. Yet questions at my presentations and in informal conversations show lots of confusion.
Previous posts in this Smart Bytes® series on carbohydrate quality looked at evidence and take-home strategies on what glycemic index and eating more pulses mean for health. In this third post in the series, I’ll address some top questions on prebiotics, the microbiota and health. If you hear the buzz words frequently, but have trouble pinning down exactly what it all means, read on to see what we know and where the many unanswered questions remain.