Daily Challenge Sunday Mar. 25, 2012

Everyday Well-Being

Eat 1 food with prebiotics, such as whole-grain bread, bananas, berries, onions, or garlic.

How to do it

Today, eat one food that's high in prebiotics. Whole-grain bread, oatmeal, or barley are all good choices, as are bananas, berries, and cherries. From the veggie family, tasty foods like kale, artichokes, garlic, onions, and leeks all pack a prebiotic punch.

Why it matters

Prebiotics are a kind of non-digestible nutrient that encourages the growth of good bacteria in the intestine. Some studies have shown that eating foods high in prebiotics can help prevent and treat tummy troubles such as gastroenteritis and problems with irritable bowel. They may also offer benefits to the immune system.

Fun fact

There are roughly 7,000 cherries on an average-sized cherry tree.


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