The class of complex carbohydrates known as prebiotics is basically nothing more than food for probiotics, the new “It” bacteria credited with providing humans with stronger immunity and better digestion. The idea now is that consuming prebiotics could stimulate the growth of good bacteria in the human gut in a natural, dietary way. But prebiotics are gaining a reputation in their own right as possessing fiber-like properties. And because they're largely nondigestible, they have a low ...

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