Filling your fridge with probiotic dairy products might please the CGI bacteria seen during ad breaks. But your biology tells a different story. The science stating that good gut health lowers your cancer risk and speeds up metabolism is sound. However, yogurt drinks aimed at mummies and their tummies are bloated with ersatz marketing spiel.
– Men’s Health, Singapore
(of a product) made or used as a substitute, typically an inferior one, for something else.
In a study from the University of Copenhagen, scientists trialled seven different probiotic supplements and monitored the bacteria found in the participant’s entrails (presumably collected by the lab intern) for changes. And they found none. Nada. Zip.
In fact, there’s no evidence these supps are any more belly friendly than a glass of H2O. Which is a real kick in the Yakult, bearing in mind the global probiotic industry is worth $34 billion.
If you want to boost your intestinal health, ignore the misleading ads and return to the scientifically backed basics.
Naturally fermented food products like cheese and gherkins are packed with the vitamins and enzymes your belly needs for better digestion. Get that right and your immune response, hormone regulation, protein absorption, fat-burning rate and, according to the University of Western Ontario, overall mental health will follow. Your stomach’s not just the way to your heart, after all.
Eating 100g per day will beat off viruses by boosting your immune system activity by 75 percent, according to Pusan National University, South Korea.
The Journal of Science found sauerkraut has all the enzymes your intestines need to absorb the muscle-building nutrients in your next steak.
A glass of Kvass, a traditional Slavic and Baltic fermented beverage commonly made from rye bread and referred to as `black bread` in Russia. By supercharging your digestion, a glass of kvass will speed up your post-gym recovery, according to the University of Michigan. Good riddance, DOMS.
- GREEK YOGURT
An animal study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that the bacteria in Greek yogurt cuts your risk of colon cancer. Personally, I don’t see much difference between Greek and Turkish yogurt and imagine you could benefit from either of these countries that have festivals about this product.
The World Health Organization’s “Guidelines for the Evaluation of Probiotics in Food“, published on the 1st of May, 2002
– Men’s Health, Singapore December 2016