Every week you're probably hearing more and more about probiotics. Walk through your grocery store and you'll see probiotic pills, probiotic prunes and... probiotic pizza?
So what are probiotics? What are the benefits of probiotics? And what's the best way to add them to your diet?
What are probiotics?
The World Health Organization defines probiotics as 'live microorganisms that when administered in adequate amounts confirm health benefits for the host'. In other words, probiotics are good bacteria in your body, especially in your gut, that help you to be healthy. Think of them as the strong, silent heroes of your digestive system.
You have plenty of bacteria living in your body already, and when there is a proper balance of them in your gut flora, it helps you stay healthy. But sometimes your gut bacteria can become out of balance as a result of poor diet, stress, inflammation or antibiotic use. Adding probiotics to your diet through probiotic foods or supplements is thought to help restore good bacteria and improve gut health.
What are the benefits of probiotics?
Some experts say that taking care of the bacteria in your gut may be the single most important thing you can do for your health. This is not a new idea. Hippocrates, the 'father of medicine' born all the way back in 460 BC said that 'all diseases begin in the gut'. Obviously, we've learned a lot more about gut health since 460 BC. Though there is still much to learn, there is solid research and clinical experience that show that probiotics can:
There are many more studies underway that show that probiotics might also:
How can you get more probiotics in your diet?
Probiotics exist naturally in certain foods, especially fermented foods or foods with live cultures like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, and kombucha. These are foods that need to be refrigerated to keep these cultures alive. In addition, there are now growing numbers of non-refrigerated foods that are fortified with probiotics. This is due to the fact that there are new strains of probiotics that are 'shelf stable' and able to live outside of refrigerated conditions. This has opened up new options for getting your probiotics in foods. This is why you're suddenly seeing so many choices on the supermarket shelf in foods like chocolate, nutrition bars (like Truth Bars) and granola.
How do prebiotics fit in?
Prebiotics are non-digestible food ingredients that promote the growth of the beneficial microorganisms in your intestines. They are specialized plant fibers that nourish the good bacteria in your gut. Basically, prebiotics are food for probiotics. If you add probiotics to your diet, they need prebiotics to flourish and do their work in your body more effectively. Prebiotics and probiotics together can have a symbiotic effect and heighten the positive effect of probiotics. Prebiotics are found in certain foods in particular, including raw dandelion greens, raw or cooked onions, raw garlic, raw leeks, raw jicama, raw asparagus and many fiber-rich foods.
Do you need probiotics and prebiotics every day?
There isn't a scientific consensus on the recommended amount, frequency or type of probiotic one needs for optimal health. It's also thought that there may be different strains of probiotics that might be more effective for specific conditions. So there is still more to be learned on this. That said, based on the existing science and the experience of many practitioners, it’s probably a good idea to try to proactively stick to a healthy diet that contains regular consumption of probiotics and prebiotic foods, daily if you can.
What is a Prebiotic?
Prebiotics come from plants, usually root plants that contain a lot of fiber and feed the good bacteria in your gut.
Why is it important to have both prebiotics and probiotics?
Probiotics alone cannot grow without a healthy gut to support them. When combining a nurturing base of prebiotics in the belly, with a good dose of probiotics, a garden of flora blossoms and fills the gut with a balanced microbiome.
Can your body make its own Conjugated Lineolic Acid?
You certainly have the gut flora to make your very own CLA. It’s one of the many things your lactobacilli and bifidobacteria do for you.
It’s important to have healthy gut flora to be able to make CLA. People with gut dysbiosis have a significantly harder job of it – possibly one reason why obesity and gut dysfunction tend to go hand-in-hand. So if you’ve been eating well for a while and your gut is humming along nicely, you can probably count on a substantial CLA intake from gut flora. If you’re eating is not so “healthy” or you simply aren’t producing enough good bacteria, Truth Bar can help by giving probiotic support to build up your colonies of lactobacilli and bifidobacteria.
How much inulin is in each bar?
Chocolate Dipped Raspberry:
Chocolate Dipped Coconut: 3.2g
Mint Chocolate Chip: 3.3g
Chocolate Almond Crunch: 2.5g
How much MCT Oil is in each bar?
Chocolate Dipped Raspberry:
Chocolate Dipped Coconut: 4.5g MCT/bar
Mint Chocolate Chip: 0.5g MCT/bar
Chocolate Almond Crunch: 0.5g MCT/bar
These are approximate amounts based on estimate of 60% MCT present in coconut oil, and 65% oil in coconut.
What is the percentage of “prebiotic - probiotic"?
Using approximate inulin amounts:
Chocolate Dipped Raspberry:
Chocolate Dipped Coconut: 3.2g prebiotic to 500 Million CFU probiotics
Mint Chocolate Chip: 3.3g prebiotic to 1 Billion CFU probiotics
Chocolate Almond Crunch: 2.5g prebiotic to 500 Million CFU probiotics
What is the strain of probiotic in the lactoSpore?
Lactobacillus sporogenes (bacillus coagulans). It is a stable Lactic Acid forming probiotic that has exceptional and lengthy studies of gut healing effects ranging across gastro intestinal issues, bloating, diahhrea and irritable bowel syndrome.
What is erythritol derived from?
Erythritol is derived from NON-GMO corn as a fermented sugar alcohol with GRAS status from the FDA.
What is the ratio of sweeteners? (Tapioca / Erythritol / Stevia)
Chocolate Dipped Raspberry:
Chocolate Dipped Coconut: 6.5g / 3.2g / 0.02g
Mint Chocolate Chip: 11.0g / 3.3g / 0.02g
Chocolate Almond Crunch: 11.0g / 2.5g / 0.02g
Are Truth Bars Vegan?
We have created both Vegan and Non-Vegan bars. Two of our flavors are Vegan and two are Non-Vegan. Our Chocolate Dipped Coconut and Chocolate Dipped Raspberry bars are both 100% Vegan. They're both rich in fiber and essential medium chain fatty acids that are easily digested, which makes them incredibly useful for a quick burst of energy.
Our Chocolate Almond Crunch and Mint Chocolate Chip bars feature a Non-Vegan blend of brown rice protein and whey isolate that supplies essential Amino Acids for a "complete" or "whole" source of protein. Our balanced mix of fiber and protein results in two meal replacement bars that provide all the BCAAs needed for proper muscle development.
Are Truth Bars 100% gluten free?
Yes, all Truth Bars are 100% gluten free!
Is there soy in Truth Bars?
Soy based lecithin is commonly used as an emulsifier in dark chocolates. However, they are are serious consumer concerns over soy that we have taken very seriously. In order to protect and promote overall health the specially formulated dark chocolate coating on all Truth Bars is completely free of both soy and sugar.
Are the bars Peanut Free?
Yes, all Truth Bars are 100% peanut free. We use only high quality almond and sunflower butter.
Where can I find a full list of ingredients?
You can find a the full list of ingredients on each bar’s product page. The ingredients can be found by clicking the second tab. Here's a link to each of our product pages: Chocolate Dipped Raspberry, Chocolate Dipped Coconut, Mint Chocolate Chip and Chocolate Almond Crunch.
Where can I find nutrition information?
Each bar’s nutrition facts can also be found on the product pages above. Just click the third tab.
Another place to find info would be our ingredient's page, which outlines each of our key ingredients and their benefits.
What is the shelf life of the bars?
Truth Bars have a shelf life of 18 months. We make our bars in small batches, which ensures that our retailer's shelves are stocked with fresh bars.
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