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Probiotics Experts Caution Consumers: Study The Product Labels

July 28, 2009: 10:35 AM EST
As food manufacturers add live bacteria, or probiotics, to more products to promote intestinal health, experts are warning consumers to pay close attention to labels to make sure they're getting what they expect: there may be little agreement on what probiotics are, and even less understanding of what health benefits they offer. But experts suggest that, at the very least, consumers study labels to make sure products have been tested for health benefits, have live cultures and the right amount of microbes, and show the genus, species, and strain of the probiotic.
Julie Deardorff , "Are Probiotics Friendly?", Tribune newspapers, July 28, 2009, © Chicago Tribune
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