How Does Probiotics Helps Promote Better Health?

November 22, 2008 by  
Filed under Health Misc.

Probiotics is a rather common term in food technology and the field of medicine. Experts have begun acknowledging the positive health benefits probiotics provides to people. After the discovery of this wonderful dietary supplement, food processing companies began incorporating probiotics in some of their products to make it more attractive to consumers in the market. The discovery of probiotics leads also to the discovery of products where these organisms naturally occur.


But in spite of the addition of these natural health-giving organisms, it is sometimes neglected that there are food products where these microorganisms cannot usually thrive, contrary to what other food producers usually profess. It is because others do not contain the right amount of good bacteria in it or the type of bacteria used was not as potent as other strains.


One perfect example of an excellent probiotic source is yogurt. Yogurt provides a good breeding ground for these bacteria and is excellent source of these microorganisms. To make the most out of your consumption of this food supplement, try to be more aware of food labels and check if they contain the right amount of recommended probiotics per serving.


Other probiotic rich products are butter milk, acidophilus milk, and kefir. Food products that are based in milk or egg are good for probiotics culture. Others such as fermented vegetables are also good medium. Kimchi, sauerkraut, and curtido are some examples.


Commercial food processors who claimed on putting in the right amount of probiotics in their products usually turn out to be untrue since most companies have little training to maintain the right temperature and ingredient mixture to support the growth of these microorganisms.


Some juices were also incorporated with unique probiotic ingredients and are beginning to plague the market as well. Probiotics in juices are beneficial to those who experiences irritable bowel movement, which is usually hard to treat with conventional medications in drugstores.


Other foodstuffs such as cereals, chocolate candies, and bars were also seen to have been given probiotic supplements, too. Although there may be little doubt that microorganisms may survive long enough in this medium, food processing companies are still working their way to getting such health-giving germs on foods that are found in the supermarket.


Probiotics in food promote good heath in terms of digestion and resistance to infection. The medical community is also looking for ways to incorporate this useful stuff to other food that we eat on a daily basis.


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