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What to look for in probiotics

What to look for in probiotics

If you're interested in seeing whether eating probiotic-infused foods might improve your digestive health, look for foods (or supplements) with one of many species of lactobacillus or bifidobacterium.

"There are something like 400 different probiotics, so it's hard to recommend a specific one, but these two have been widely studied," says Bethany Thayer, a registered dietitian at the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit. There isn't a recommended daily amount for probiotics, either, but supplements generally contain 10 billion to 20 billion active cultures per dose.

Dairy products contain probiotics to aid in fermentation, but some processes to prolong shelf life,...

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