From the Who-Knew? File:

Here I've been scoffing at these yogurt companies for pitching me on reviewing their products that are supposedly oh-so-good for people with diabetes (sneer). But now I discover that there really is such thing as a "super-yogurt culture" used to treat everything from diabetes to diarrhea -- that's starting to show up in lots of products on ordinary supermarket shelves.



these "probiotic

products" (mostly dairy foods and dietary supplements) contain a

"good bacteria" that doctors have apparently been long recommending

to counter the effects of antibiotics, which kill your good bacteria along with

the bad.

I know that my doctor, for

one, has long been harping on the fact that everyone can benefit from consuming

live yogurt cultures, which supplement the microbes found in your

gastrointestinal system (i.e. give you healthy intestines).

What I didn't know was that

clinical studies

have actually confirmed that probiotics can also help reduce the incidence of

certain cancers and heart disease, and help prevent

vaginal diseases and preterm labor.

Check this

out: " Probiotics was first conceptualized by the Russian Nobel Prize

winner and father of modern immunology, Elie Metchnikoff, at the beginning of the

20th century. He believed that the fermenting bacteria in milk products

consumed by Bulgarian peasants were responsible for their longevity and good


I love how the article

notes that the History of Medicine has come full circle: We started around 2000 BC with "here, eat this root." And moved on to

"drink this snake oil," "swallow this pill," and finally,

"take this penicillin/tetracycline." Now we're essentially back

to "eat this root." Or natural live microorganisms, in this

case. He, he!

A few years ago, experts were predicting that we'd soon see probiotics "included in everything from cheese to ice cream and even some preserved meats, like salami" (The Scientist, 7/02). I don't know about that, but I am giving DanActive another look. Usually, I just eat whatever lowfat yogurt tastes good and appeals to me. Silly.

I really should pay more

attention to diet. Don't you think?

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