Recorded Webinar: Decoding Prebiotics Using a Patient-Centered Approach

This webinar was presented on Thursday, September 1, 2022, from 2-3 p.m. ET.

It is now recognized that the gut microbiota can impact both gastrointestinal and systemic health. Recent investigations have supported the role of dietary intake on gut microbiota modulation, including the important role of prebiotics. Prebiotics are defined as a substrate that is selectively utilized by host microorganisms to confer a health benefit. The specificity of this definition narrows the foods or food components able to be categorized as a prebiotic.

However, many foods and food components exist that are beneficial for health, including some that modify gut microbiota without a current direct connection to human health. Thus, confusion exists as to what constitutes a prebiotic and what RDs should relay to clients when making prebiotic-specific recommendations.

Join Heather Rasmussen, PhD, RDN, for an interactive webinar that will discuss the importance of the gut microbiota and how prebiotics modulate microbiota for health benefit. Differentiating prebiotics from other plant-based beneficial food sources such as other dietary fibers and foods with antioxidant capacity will be presented, as well as how these align with current recommendations for plant-based, sustainable diets that are beneficial for both human and planetary health. Application of these concepts using specific patient-centered scenarios will be presented.

Learning Objectives

After completing this activity, health care professionals will be better able to:

  1. Describe the importance of gastrointestinal health on the whole individual.
  2. Define prebiotics and distinguish prebiotics from other plant-based foods and food components.
  3. Explain the supporting evidence and use of prebiotics for gastrointestinal and systemic health.
  4. Counsel clients using prebiotic-centered approaches and real-world scenarios.

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Heather Rasmussen, PhD, RDN, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is the Director of the Professional Studies in Dietetics Program, an ACEND-accredited Future Education Model Graduate Program. Her research interests include how dietary factors such as prebiotics and whole foods influence gut milieu, including microbiota, intestinal permeability, and gut-derived inflammation, and how this impacts systemic health.

Heather Rasmussen. PhD, RDN, faculty for this event, has no relevant financial relationship(s) with ineligible companies to disclose.

None of the planners for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) with ineligible companies to disclose.

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