CHICAGO — The Good Belly brand showed mainstream shoppers that probiotics may be ingested through foods other than fermented dairy products such as yogurt and kefir, which had long been the go-to foods for digestive health. Good Belly first put probiotics into refrigerated juice, then expanded into bars and cereal. As the name suggests, these products are designed to be good for the gut.
Probiotics are live microorganisms, most often lactic acid bacteria, which, when consumed in adequate amounts, may provide a health benefit. They join the trillions of bacteria that inherently reside in the gastrointestinal system to help create a better-balanced microflora. This in turn helps regulate an array of bodily functions, including digestion, and positively impacts overall health and wellbeing.
Probiotics are often taken to counteract the side effects of antibiotics — cramping, diarrhea, ulcers, etc. — as antibiotics destroy good and bad bacteria. They also play an integral role in immune function by preventing the attachment and activity of pathogenic bacteria in the gut. Thus, taking probiotics helps restore good bacteria and encourages their proliferation.
All probiotics are not created equal. The simple term “probiotic” on a food is useful and accepted as it suggests the product is beneficial to health. However, when any specific claim is made, it is best to Read More