What is a Prebiotic?
Prebiotic as a definition can be traced back to 1995 and can be loosely defined as a non-digestible food ingredient that helps to support the growth of the probiotic bacteria. The 2007 Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Technical Meeting Report on Prebiotics classified among others Xylo-oligosaccharides (XOS) as prebiotics.
XOS is seen to be a highly desirable prebiotic due to the small effective dosage required, which minimizes gastrointestinal side effects and allows it to be easily incorporated into both functional foods and dietary supplements at a competitive cost per dose for the formulator.
Prebiotic awareness growing as part of overall trend in digestive health boom
As many as 70 million people are affected by impaired digestion ranging from chronic constipation to inflammatory bowel disease. Consumers seem to be aware of the need to take care of their digestive systems and understand the concept of probiotics. The future growth of prebiotics will be in part due to the trend to support probiotics with prebiotics either separately or together.
Studies confirm XOS beneficial for good gut bacteria
With such beneficial and far-reaching applications, the emerging prebiotic fiber, xylooligosaccharide, seems to own the right to boast of being a high-quality agent for improving gastrointestinal health without the undesirable side effects of most prebiotic fibers, creating a win-win situation for the patient.