When it comes to promoting good health and protecting against illness, many people turn to probiotics.
Probiotics are microorganisms that work by restoring the balance of intestinal bacteria and raising resistance to harmful germs. Many food companies often slap a “Contains Probiotics” label on their product without really explaining which strains are present and what said strains supposedly do.
In the Science section of today’s Times
, Tara Parker Pope delves
into the murkiness behind probiotic health claims on food labels.
“When the label tells you the food you are buying ‘contains probiotics,'” she says, “are you getting health benefits or just marketing hype? Perhaps a bit of both.”
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