High fibre, high prebiotic diet for healthy individuals
The Monash Department of Gastroenterology is researching the impact of a 'high fibre and high natural prebiotic diet'. This diet is designed to establish a healthy balance of gut bacteria, needed for optimal health. While the diet is essentially a high fibre diet, it emphasises the consumption of foods that are high in 'prebiotic' fibres.
What are prebiotics?
Prebiotics are fibre compounds that pass undigested through the stomach and small intestine. When prebiotics arrive in the large intestine, they promote the growth and activity of beneficial (probiotic) bacteria that reside here. Having a healthy balance of gut bacteria may benefit digestion, the absorption of minerals and immune system function. See our FAQs section.