What Is A Prebiotic?

What Is A Prebiotic?

You Would Think This One Wouldn’t Be Complicated. “What is a prebiotic?” It’s just a definition, right? That was my first thought as well. I thought wrong. It is actually not only complicated, but controversial. Yes, everything is controversial these days, but we’re talking about fiber here. And yet, passions arise! Before we go...

Is Psyllium a Prebiotic?

Is Psyllium a Prebiotic?

While all (or nearly all) prebiotics are some type of fiber or complex carbohydrate, not all types of fibers are prebiotic. Psyllium is certainly a fiber, but is psyllium a prebiotic? The short answer, using a narrow definition, is “no.” The longer answer, using a broader definition, is increasingly “yes.” But to understand this,...