What are prebiotics?
The scientific definition of prebiotics is: non-digestible food ingredients that beneficially affect the host by selectively stimulating the growth and/or activity of one or a limited number of bacteria in the colon.
Source: Gibson, G.R. and Roberfroid, M.B., “Dietary Modulation of the Human Colonic Microbiota: Introducing the Concept of Prebiotics,” Journal of Nutrition, 125: 1401-1412 (1995).
What are probiotics?
Probiotics are the living bacteria, like Bifidobacteria that deliver a health benefit to the host.
What is the difference between pre- and probiotics?
Probiotics are actually the living organisms, like Bifidobacteria. In contrast, a prebiotic ingredient such as 2'-FL or GOS provides food for the growth of these beneficial bacteria, so they can do their job and ultimately help your body help itself by optimizing natural processes.