A broad review of how foods with live dietary microbes like yogurt and kimchi impact health shows more benefits than not, underscoring the promise of conducting more health research in the area.

IAFNS-supported researchers reviewed hundreds of scientific publications with almost 300,000 test subjects and asked the question: “Does consumption of live dietary microbes improve health?”

Pooling the responses reveals that 12 studies reported negative outcomes, 220 were neutral, and 297 reported positive outcomes.

The authors call for high-caliber dietary microbe research both on general health and in specific disease areas. The research was supported by IAFNS’ Nutrition for Gut Health Committee. IAFNS continues its leadership in calling for dietary recommendations for live microbes given the strong potential for health benefits demonstrated by this paper.

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