Distinguishing Probiotics and Prebiotics Beverage


Many beverages and health supplements on the market claim to contain a prebiotic, probiotic or a combination of both. At a glance the only difference is in the prefix pre and pro, but it turns out many things distinguish the two.

The fundamental difference is that probiotics is made up of living microorganisms. Meanwhile, a prebiotic is fiber that becomes food for microorganisms.

Examples of probiotic are Bifidobacterium, Eubacterium, and Lactobacillus bacteria. While the example of prebiotic are inulin and Fructooligosaccharides (prebiotic FOS).

According to Prlog.org, here are 5 things that distinguish probiotic and prebiotic.

1. Probiotics are living microorganisms which are taken to maintain the balance of the digestive system in the intestine. Prebiotic is a kind of special fiber that could become food for microorganisms in the intestines.

2. Probiotic drinks must be stored on storage conditions, temperature and a certain acidity level so that the microorganisms in it does not die. Prebiotics do not require such treatment because it is not easily damaged.

3. Probiotics occasionally contains foreign microorganisms deliberately added to the intestines to help the digestive system. Prebiotics only feed on microorganisms that naturally exists in the intestines.

4. Probiotics contained in ermented food or beverages such as yogurt. Prebiotics are taken from natural fibers contained in the 36,000 species of plants.

5. Probiotic removes bad microorganisms from the intestines directly by way of dominating the seizure of the nutrients in the place. Prebiotics removes acidity by creating certain conditions which are not preferred by bad microorganisms.

Despite having many differences, prebiotics and probiotics have things in common, among others they are equally useful for maintaining a healthy digestive system by maintaining a good balance of microorganisms in the intestines. Benefits of both have been proven in many scientific studies.

In addition, both have be taken in sufficient quantities in order to produce the expected benefits. Other requirements is that they are not allowed to contain various additives such as sugar, carbohydrates and other calorie sources.