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Some Bad News for Probiotics

Published: November 24, 2010

In October the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) ruled that products such as Yakult, a yogurt product marketed as an aid to digestive health and as an immune system booster cannot be shown to do either. The multi-billion dollar probiotics industry has challenged the ruling, but it remains to be seen whether they can produce any date to support some of the more extravagant claims made about these yogurt-like products. I am betting they will not be able to do so. It is to be hoped for that consumers will only face claims that are more down-to-earth in the future, but given the hype associated with health foods I think this is sadly unlikely.