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Prebiotics help to maintain a healthy digestive system

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Prebiotics (eg, inulin, oligofructose) are food for probiotics—beneficial bacteria (eg, Bifidobacteria) that help keep your digestive system healthy. Prebiotics are carbohydrates that cannot be digested by the human body and can be found in foods such as asparagus, bananas, legumes, garlic, onions, wheat, and soybeans.26,27

Prebiotics are also added into many foods, including yogurts, cereals, breads, cookies, ice cream, spreads, drinks, and supplements as a subcategory of functional food ingredients.27