Today, when shopping for food we are advised to choose products that are rich in energy, protein, fat, essential vitamins and minerals, and certain bacteria. You may not believe it, but we should choose foods that contain bacteria and ingredients that help support the digestive system. Maintaining a balanced bacterial environment in your digestive system plays an important role in keeping your body healthy.

The delicate digestive balance

The digestive tract is responsible for up to 70% of your immune system, and the digestive system contains nearly 1.5kg of essential bacteria. This bacterial environment, commonly known as the digestive tract’s bacterial system, depends on a very delicate balance between beneficial and harmful bacteria to keep the digestive system healthy. When this balance disappears, be it caused by a disease or medication, harmful bacteria can grow overwhelming, making you feel uncomfortable and sick.

Factors that help boost beneficial bacteria

To help maintain a healthy and balanced diverse microflora, some foods are supplemented with ingredients called prebiotics. Prebiotics are soluble fibers that help multiply, develop beneficial bacteria in the colon such as bifidobacteria or lactobacilli.

One of these prebiotic ingredients, such as fructooligosaccharides (FOS), is available in bananas, onions, garlic and artichoke. This prebiotic component can also be produced by using certain enzymes to convert sugarcane sugar into short-chain FOS (scFOS) ®. Because of its short-chain structure, scFOS is an easy-to-use food for beneficial bacteria.

Probiotics are living microorganisms that, when consumed in appropriate amounts, combine with prebiotics to help maintain a healthy balance of the intestinal microflora. Lactobacilli and bifidobacteria are two examples of probiotics found in yogurt.

Prebiotics and probiotics naturally help your body fight off bacteria, germs and other harmful agents by maintaining the microflora in the digestive tract. The scFOS produced by the microflora enhances physical protection from harmful bacteria and energizes intestinal cell membranes.