A major advantage of prebiotics over probiotics is that product integrity, viability, or stability are not issues for concern. Hence, prebiotics can be added to many food vehicles, including dairy products, beverages and health drinks, spreads, infant formula.
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Several kinds of oligosaccharides, such as galacto-oligosaccharides, lactosucrose, lactulose, and lacti-tol, have been developed from lactose as the raw material. Almost all of these saccharides have the same characteristics as those produced from sucrose.
Lactose is the main milk sugar, however, there are very small amounts of other carbohydrates or saccharides (especially oligosaccharides) present. Lactose is important as a starting material for production of lactulose and lacto-oligosaccharides.
Galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS), which also occur naturally, consist of short chains of galactose molecules. These compounds can be only partially digested by humans.