Probiotics May Reduce Antibiotic Prescriptions for Children

We often hear probiotics criticized that they “don’t do anything for healthy people.” This admonition ignores data, which I’ve disputed (see past post). And a new, open-access meta-analysis suggests another possible benefit of probiotics for healthy people: probiotic administration is … Continue reading

Are Health-Boosting Benefits Hiding in Some of Your Favorite Foods?

Love yogurt, kefir, cheese, wine, beer, kimchi, and pickles? A new peer-reviewed paper supported in part by the California Dairy Research Foundation, reveals evidence that fermented foods, developed thousands of years ago for their ability to avoid contamination, may increase … Continue reading

Health Benefits of Fermented Foods

At the 2016 meeting of the International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics, Professors Robert Hutkins (University of Nebraska) and Maria Marco (University of California – Davis) convened a workshop on “Prebiotics and Probiotics in Fermented Foods.” Along with global … Continue reading