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World: Health-conscious consumers drive demand for prebiotic ingredients

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The global prebiotic ingredients market will develop at a compound annual growth rate of 11.4% from 2012 to 2018, according to a Transparency Market Research (TMR) report.

It finds the global prebiotic ingredients market, which in 2012 stood at US$2.3 billion, is anticipated to reach US$4.5 billion by the end of the forecast period.

Growing demand for dairy products and heightened healthcare awareness are found to be the two main factors that drive the global prebiotic ingredients market.

The shift in focus of consumers towards low calorie foods and the presence of a strong market for prebiotics in Europe are expected to contribute significantly to the global prebiotic ingredients market during the forecast period.

Probiotics play a crucial role in the human gastrointestinal tract.

Prebiotics refer to food sources that aid probiotics to grow, multiply, and thrive in the gut.

Hence, prebiotic fibers are included in certain dietary supplements and in certain types of foods.

Onion, garlic, and asparagus are foods that naturally contain prebiotic fibers.