Overview

Polydextrose is a complex carbohydrate made from glucose. It's made in a lab and is not digested by the body. Polydextrose is often used as a prebiotic.

Polydextrose does not get digested by the human body. Instead it's digested by good bacteria found in the colon. This helps the good bacteria to grow, which is why it's used as a prebiotic. Prebiotics act as food for probiotics (good bacteria).

People use polydextrose for constipation, prediabetes, diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

Don't confuse prebiotics with probiotics. These are not the same.

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