Certain foods are good for our good bacteria. These foods are prebiotics, and they are much more suitable for daily use than probiotics. To gain the benefits of prebiotics, good bacteria must already exist in the gut.

List of Prebiotics

Artichoke, asparagus, endive, green bananas, Jerusalem artichoke, garlic, onion, parsnips, black salsify, wheat (wholegrain), rye, oats, leek.

Clever Cravings for Fermented Foods

If you drink a glass of water with the same amount of sugar that is contained in the same volume of cola, you would feel disgusted. But if you add some citric acid (carbonic acid and phosphoric acid), then suddenly, you have a delicious drink. Our bodies are familiar with avid, from fruit and good bacteria. When the acid is not so strong and comes in combination with other nutrients, it gains the trust of our taste buds. So, we like to add an avid component when we cook a good-tasting meal — tomatoes in the sauce, squeeze of lemon over the fish, a glug of wine over the frying onions.

But when we fancy a sour ingredient in our meal, we are probably craving good bacteria.

From Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ

Originally published at https://unearnedwisdom.com.