Prebiotics play an important role in food and nutrition
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Prebiotics are dietary fibers which play a role in general human health and nutrition. However not all dietary fibers are prebiotics. Prebiotics are the food of healthy microbes that live in the body. They are found in low levels in foods such as Jerusalem artichokes, chicory root, bananas, onion and garlic. For example, it would take 130 garlic cloves to get 1 gram of FOS.
Over the years, scientists have harnessed the power of prebiotics such as fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS) and galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS) for a variety of food applications. Fructo-Oligosaccharide is a completely soluble prebiotic fiber. It is sweet and widely used in reduced sugar formulations. It also has functional benefits such as taste masking, binding, improved mouthfeel and texture.