29 Aug '11, 9pm

Vemma Drink A dose of friendly bacteria - TODAYonline: A dose of friendly bacteriaTODAYonlineAccording to Mr Kua...

IF YOU are a regular supermarket-goer, you would have probably noticed a mindboggling number of probiotic beverages, dairy products and even baby formula lining the aisles. Food products containing "live cultures" or "friendly bacteria" have been around for years. Good sources of probiotics include yoghurt, soy beverages, fermented and unfermented milk and miso. In recent years, however, food manufacturers have become more adventurous with their offerings. Not the sort to slurp up yoghurt? Well, you could still get your daily dose of probiotics in the form of powder, capsule or a snack bar. For the uninitiated, probiotics are "beneficial microbes" that exist naturally as part of the intestinal microbiota, said Dr Reuben Wong, consultant and assistant professor at the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at National University Hospital. "We tend to think of bacteri...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Health/EDC110830-0000176/A-dos...

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