Why I Don’t Recommend FOS Anymore


Good day. Eric Bakker, New Zealand naturopath,
author of Candida Crusher. Thanks for checking out my video. I’m going to talk about FOS
today or fructooligosaccharides. FOS is commonly found in many different dietary
supplements. Lots of Candida supplements will have them. There are all kinds of digestive
products I’ve seen with this powder in there. FOS is quite a sweet sort of sugar that’s
derived from many different sources. There are different kinds of FOS on the market,
and they’re widely promoted as a prebiotic to feed the probiotic, so it’s a food to feed
up the beneficial bacteria. The problem I found with FOS is that a lot
of patients actually got worse when they were on a probiotic containing FOS. I’ve commonly
used products like this one here, for example. I’ve used Floracor with AST enzymes. I find
it an okay product for some people. But for many people with Candida, they got worse taking
this product. I’m actually stopping using products like this that actually contain inulin
in them or fructooligosaccharides, particular for Candida patients and for people with SIBO,
small intestinal bowel overgrowth. Patients with lots of leaky gut and food allergies
would need to be very cautious with FOS. That’s my advice for you. Make sure you don’t take
supplements with FOS in them, if you’ve got a lot of gut disturbances. FOS is known to
actually help stimulate levels of E.coli, Klebsiella and clostridia and various bacteria.
These bacteria can go bad if there are too many of them. They can get really bad indeed,
particularly with low levels of beneficial bacteria.
For that reason, I recommend you don’t take FOS. And when I developed my product, Canxida
Restore, I was sure not to put in any of these prebiotic artificial sugars. I call them artificial
because they’re sort of man-made. You’re better off getting these kind of things from your
diet. What’s high in inulin in your diet? Jerusalem artichokes are one the highest containing
foods. Garlic and onions, but they’re different kinds of FOS than you will find in a dietary
supplement. Completely different. I certainly would like you to eat garlic and onions. I
think they’re fine foods to eat because they contain many other factors that are going
to inhibit bacteria, whereas, the FOS will not do that. Please avoid supplements containing
FOS, if you have Candida. Check out Canxida Restore. I think you’re
going to find it a very beneficial product for any kind of gut problem. Thanks for tuning
in.

13 Replies to “Why I Don’t Recommend FOS Anymore”

  1. I always wondered why my whole food multivitamin triggered the facial pain from my candida. Turns out it has the fos prebiotic and agave nectar. But I agee,you just don't get the anti-bacterial properties from unprocessed fos, like garlic/onions.

  2. Do you still recommend chicory root? I see that has a lot of inulin contained in it and I like it as a coffee-like drink.

  3. Very interesting. I had some allergy testing and came up with several things and foods I cannot tolerate to various degrees.One of them is sugar beet although I am ok with cane. is it correct that some FOS found in probiotics can come from beet?
    As part of my treatment I had to take this probiotic powder that has some FOS in it. I got terribly bloated with a distended stomach, never mind other symptoms. I decided to stop ans wasn't sure what to do about probiotics, but I shall try one without FOS . And it makes sense to me what you say, if this feeds good bacteria……..why not also bad one?

  4. I think that the commercial FOS usually contains other sugar (mainly of glucose or something). I also postulate that the sugar can increase harmful bacteria in gut. However, I do not agree that the FOS itself can increase the bad microbiome because in the literatures the scientists say that the FOS can only be utilized by good bacteria(usually Lactobacilli and bifidobacteria) but not by pathogens like E coli or something(because they do not have any enzimes to degrade the FOS). Is there any proof or thesis that the FOS may increase the harmful bacteria? Thank you.

  5. IBS, SIBO, CITROBACTER4+/CANDID2+…..  I'm hearing a lot of differing opinions concerning FOS.  Should garlic, onions and artichoke be safe in the diet while trying to irradiate citrobacter?  All I know is that I get a lot issues from garlic and had colon/back pain while on a supplement containing garlic.  I assume the pain was from the Garlic. and it did stop when I discontinued the medication.  How is FOS in supplements different from FOS in the above foods?

  6. do you have an opinion on the new trend on making potent l-reuteri yogurt presented by Dr. Davis "the undoctored blog"? you two seem to be on a similar track

  7. This is a very good and extremely important video.   Thank you for not just blindly recommending like many in the naturopathic industry are prone to do.

    I have a few important things to add. I work in biomedical research. I come from a professional medically-focused stochastic research chemistry background and have done QCA research and oversight for medical trials related to inulin and a range of fructooligosaccharides for some years now. As such, I feel professionally compelled to make a few important comments related to Inulin and FOS in general.

    There are several FOS uptake and regulation mechanisms that are not yet commonly known by many MD's, naturopaths and these types of professions… let alone laypeople. Because of the way they have evolved in our bodies, women who are subject to Candida, people with autoimmune disorders of several major types, and those on a cancer regimen affecting their immune response should NOT, I say NOT take things with added inulin or FOS. Violent, life deadly reactions have now been associated with most common dietary supplement sources of FOS.  

    People have already died from artificially derived sources common in the food supplements industry, so it is great that you don't blindly recommend it because the naturally occurring version found in food is good for most people is good. Often it may just cause nausea, cramping and other things common to a range of pre and probiotics; but a range of uncontrollable bleeding, anaphylaxis and other serious, potentially life-threatening conditions have also been caused by supplemental sources of inulin and other FOS.

    There's a rapidly growing range of quite serious short and long term health risks, some potentially fatal, that we are beginning to understand the mechanism of how NON-naturally occurring sources of FOS negatively interact with.  

    While natural sources found in food are generally a safe and important dietary aid, this is NOT the same as naturally occurring sources of Inulin/FOS for reasons I could go on for pages about and which you can read about elsewhere in both peer reviewed and general medical research press. Often the associated mechanisms of sourcing and extracting from Aspergillus Niger ("black mold") add to the risks. Further, hexanes often employed as part of the isolation process for some types despite the fact that they are known neurotoxins and carcinogens that should be avoided… some at any PPB/PPM amount.

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