Assessing the Value of Dietary Live Microbes: Toward a Recommended Intake That Supports Health

Scientific evidence points to a role for dietary live microbes in human health. There is an opportunity to evaluate the degree to which existing evidence supports development of a dietary recommendation for live microbes, as well as to identify gaps in the evidence toward such a recommendation. This project is envisioned as a long-term initiative with the eventual goal of addressing the hypothesis that a recommended intake level for live microbes linked to health outcomes can be identified. If evidence supports establishment of a dietary recommendation (similar to an adequate intake (AI)) for live dietary microbes, this recommendation will raise awareness of the health benefits of fermented foods containing live microbes and probiotics.

Institution: Agriculture and Food Development Authority, Republic of Ireland
Principal Investigator: Paul Cotter, PhD
Amount: $155,278
Year Awarded: 2020

This project was supported by the IAFNS Gut Microbiome Committee