Answer to Question #191656 in Organic Chemistry for Shumaila Aroob

Question #191656

Why are soluble fibers identified as prebiotics?

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2021-05-11T07:04:50-0400

Like fiberprebiotics also act as food for beneficial microbes in the gut, and many current prebiotics are actually considered to be a form of soluble dietary fiber. The similarities between fiber and prebiotics often lead to confusion on how to differentiate the two.Prebiotics are fibers that aren’t digestible by your body but can help good bacteria grow in your gut. Since your body doesn’t digest these plant fibers, they travel to your lower digestive tract to be a food source for the healthy bacteria in your gut.All prebiotics are fiber. However, not all fibers are prebiotic. 


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