Prebiotics & Probiotics


A healthy gut creates a healthy body, and what you feed your intestines can have a huge impact on your overall health.  Children’s intestinal microbiome plays a vital role in their health, from before they are born and extended throughout childhood. When the balance of the intestinal microbiota becomes disrupted, alterations can lead to the development of diseases including infections, inflammation bowel disease (IBD), asthma and obesity[1]. A poor diet or the extended use of Antibiotics can interfere with the balance in good bacteria numbers

There are trillions of little critters that live along the lining of the gut and this population, which is comprised mostly of bacteria, is called the biome. These microscopic, living creatures are known as probiotics and they are present in large numbers from birth. Probiotics also exist in some foods that have been fermented, such as yoghurt, fermented milk known as kefir, sauerkraut, kombucha and kimchi. The fermentation process of the foods provides excellent conditions for probiotic growth and makes them perfect foods for adding more bacterial colonies to your digestive system (gut). But that is only half of the gut’s biome story.

Once there is a healthy population of probiotics living in the gut, they need to be sustained and kept alive with the perfect food known as a prebiotic.  Prebiotics are a special type of fibre that acts like a fertilizer to feed the probiotics. These fibres avoid digestion in the upper gastrointestinal tract and arrive in the large intestine or colon, where they go to work to feed the colonies of probiotics residing there.

Prebiotics are found in many fruits, salads and vegetables, especially those containing fibre, resistant starches or complex carbohydrates. Eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, unrefined breads and grains will provide a healthy food source (prebiotics) to help your probiotic colonies flourish.

At Farmers Beta A2, we want to nurture your little ones developing gastrointestinal systems so they can thrive. Beta A2 Nutritional Toddler Milk has been enriched with natural prebiotics known as fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS) and galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS) to feed and promote healthy little gut biomes.

[1] Development of the Pediatric Gut Microbiome: Impact on Health and Disease. Faith D. Ihekweazu, James Versalovic. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences, Volume 356, Issue 5, 2018, Pages 413-423.

Special Thanks to Dietitian Kate DiPrima for her contributions to this article.

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