What’s the difference between prebiotics and probiotics?
Probiotic supplements and probiotic foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi, and kombucha have become widely known in recent years, though prebiotics, which are equally as important are still relatively unknown. There are significant differences between the two, including health benefits.
Probiotics are “good” bacteria that help keep your digestive system healthy by controlling the growth of harmful bacteria and are found in fermented foods.
Prebiotics are food for probiotics - they are carbohydrates that cannot be digested by the human body. In short, the prebiotic is a specialized plant fibre that beneficially nourishes the good bacteria already in the large bowel or colon.
I’m already taking probiotics, do I really need prebiotics?
Yes! While probiotics introduce good bacteria into the gut, prebiotics act as a fertilizer for the good bacteria that’s already there. Prebiotics help your good bacteria grow, improving the good-to-bad bacteria ratio. This ratio has been shown to have a direct correlation to your health and overall well being, from your stomach to your brain. By pairing them together, you can achieve an even better result. An increase in prebiotics is also beneficial without the addition of probiotics since we already have good bacteria in our gut.
What are the benefits of prebiotics?
The body itself does not digest prebiotic plant fibres. Instead, it uses these fibres to promote the growth of many of the good bacteria in the gut. An increase in prebiotic fibre helps with better nutrient absorption, improved digestion, healthier cholesterol levels, lower inflammation, better hormonal balance, higher immune function, and a lower risk of obesity/weight gain among other health benefits.
Recent studies have also shown prebiotics and good bacterial gut balance play a direct role in mental health. Individuals who consume prebiotics on a daily basis have fewer issues with anxiety, depression, and stress.
Are Crazy D's Prebiotic Soda Ketogenic friendly?
A ketogenic diet consists of high fats, moderate protein, and low levels of carbohydrates. The goal of the diet is to make the body utilize fats for energy, as opposed to quickly digested carbohydrates (Plogsted 2010, Freeman et al. 2007). FOS, which are the main carbohydrate component in Crazy D’s soda, are not fully digested and do not increase blood glucose the way quickly digested carbohydrates do. Therefore, Crazy D’s soda is a great alternative for consumers who are restricted to both low carbohydrate and ketogenic diets.
What is the shelf life of Crazy D's Prebiotic Soda?
Please check the best before date located on each bottle. Once opened it should be consumed within a day or 2 as it will start to lose its carbonation. Although if it goes flat it still has all of the same great health benefits! Since fresh is best with all natural ingredients, we always recommend drinking it sooner than later.
Do I need to store Crazy D's Prebiotic Soda in the fridge?
Crazy D’s sodas do not need to be kept refrigerated when they are unopened. Although we highly recommend that they are chilled before serving for maximum taste. Once opened the sodas should be refrigerated and consumed within a day or two.
Are Crazy D's Prebiotic Sodas naturally carbonated?
Crazy D’s Sodas are not naturally carbonated. They are carbonated with CO2. This is because the two main ingredients used to naturally carbonate drinks are sugar and yeast, which we do not add to our sodas.
What are you sweetening with?
Crazy D’s sodas are naturally sweetened with a combination of prebiotic root vegetables. We NEVER add any artificial sweeteners, sugars, or honey (vegan-friendly!).
I’m a diabetic, is this okay for me?
Crazy D’s sodas are low glycemic and one whole bottle only contains 5g of naturally occurring sugars. Our combination of prebiotic sweeteners hit level 1 on the glycemic index, which is half the calories of sugar and a high concentration of indigestible inulin. Studies suggest inulin may reduce insulin resistance. We feel that our sodas are a safe and great alternative for diabetics and those looking to reduce sugar consumption or kick their sugar addiction.
Are there any side effects?
As is the case with many naturally occurring nutrients, over-consumption can result in unpleasant side effects like gas and bloat. This can be the case more so if your body is not used to the increase in prebiotic fibre. We suggest starting off by drinking half of a bottle to one full bottle per day. For children who have a body mass that is less than an adult, we recommend half a bottle per day. Most people will be able to drink Crazy D’s Sodas without any side effects at all. Some of our customers even benefit from drinking more than one a day!
I thought soda was bad for you? How can it be good for you?
Traditional soda, aside from regular soda water, is generally bad for you for 3 reasons: high acid, artificial ingredients, and high amounts of sugar. At Crazy D’s are overall mission was to bring soda back to its roots of having medicinal, non-artificial ingredients. We’ve reduced acid levels found in your typical soda and removed all added sugars and artificial sweeteners.
How much prebiotic fibre should I consume?
Prebiotic fibre is found in many fruits and vegetables, such as dandelion greens, green bananas, onions and raw garlic, Jerusalem artichoke, chicory root, and jicama. Sounds easy to get enough prebiotic fibre, right? Unfortunately, the small amounts of fibre in each of these foods — such as 1 to 2 grams per serving — makes ingesting enough fibre extremely difficult. Most people should consume at least 25 grams of prebiotic fibre every day. Crazy D's sodas contains a minimum of 9g of prebiotic fibre per bottle.
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