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Experts Warn Consumers: “Probiotics” Isn’t A Well-Defined Term Yet

July 3, 2009: 08:42 AM EST
Scientists do agree generally that foods like yogurt containing probiotics – the so-called “good bacteria” – have a beneficial effect on the digestive and immune systems. That has led food makers to begin adding probiotics in a wider array of foods, including granola bars, fruit juices, and baby formula. But food industry and other experts warn that the term “probiotics” is bandied about somewhat carelessly by manufacturers. Consumers need to read labels closely to see what they’re buying. Even a Dannon yogurt spokesman acknowledges: “We see a lot of confusion.”
Julie Deardorff, "Just how friendly are those probiotics in your food?", The Seattle Times, July 03, 2009, via Chicago Tribune, © The Seattle Times Company
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