Probiotic foods: do they help with indigestion and IBS?
In this podcast episode I discuss:
- What does probiotic mean according to the official definition?
- What is the difference between probiotic foods and probiotics?
- Why can’t probiotic foods and probiotics call themselves “probiotic”?
- How does a food become probiotic?
- Are probiotic foods really that healthy and, more importantly, effective in treating digestive disorders? Do they deliver what is promised in various blogs?
- I also discuss a randomized controlled example study on irritable bowel syndrome with surprising outcome.
- Finally: a small critique of studies on “probiotics” and various “probiotic foods”.
Probiotics are living microorganisms that, when ingested in sufficient quantities, have a positive benefit for human or host health (WHO 2011).