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I’ve read probiotics are the new super food, is this true?


Question: I’ve read probiotics are the new super food, is this true?    Answer: As a registered dietitian, I believe all whole-foods are super, but those containing live and active bacteria or probiotics do offer some special health benefits. You may find it interesting that a normal, healthy bowel is full of good bacteria that help strengthen the immune system and fight harmful bacteria. Probiotics are healthy bacteria or yeast that live in our intestines and promote gut health. The more benefits we learn about probiotics, the more of a nutrition go-to they will become. For starters, foods naturally rich in probiotics help maintain digestive health, aid quicker recovery from diarrhea, reduce symptoms of lactose intolerance, relieve constipation, help manage inflammation from bowel disease and enhance our immune function. Most studies suggest probiotics must be consumed daily—sometimes multiple times each day—to receive their health benefits. While shopping, look for the “Live Active Cultures” seal, usually found on yogurts that contain a significant amount of live and active bacteria. The good news is that some wholesome dairy foods are rich in probiotics: Greek yogurt, cultured yogurt and cheese with added probiotics, kefir, buttermilk, drinkable yogurts, and acidophilus milk. While the consumption of probiotics provides many health advantages, it is important to remember that all dairy foods are nutrient-rich. Choose 3 to 4 servings daily servings of dairy as part of a healthful diet to reduce risk of osteoporosis, heart disease, and obesity. 

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