Why Are Probiotics So Popular?

Why Are Probiotics So Popular?


Probiotics are getting lots of attention due to research on their health benefits and interest in “functional” foods—those that provide health-enhancing properties beyond their nutrients. As people become more aware of how diet impacts their health and disease risk—and seek out foods that meet their specific needs—there will likely be more probiotic-containing foods in stores.

Today, lactic acid bacteria, especially those that survive in the intestinal tract, are often used as probiotics. Some common probiotic species are Lactobacillus rhamnosus, L. casei and Bifidobacterium lactis. These and other probiotics can be found in cultured dairy foods like yogurt, fermented vegetables like kimchi and sauerkraut, some beverages, nutrition bars and other foods fortified with probiotics.

Learn more about the health benefits of probiotics.