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Probiotics, prebiotics and the mixture of both (synbiotics) have potential health benefits because of their immunological effects. Before companies can describe the indications, benefit has to be shown through clinical trials. A clinical trial conducted to evaluate the health benefits of daily consumption of synbiotic yoghurt in children is described.
This was a placebo-controlled, randomised and double-blind trial lasting 16 weeks. Daily supplementation of children attending day care centres, with a yogurt containing Streptococcus thermophilus, Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Bifidobacterium animalis subspecies lactis (BB-12) (5×109 cfu/100 mL serving) and 1 g of inulin, was …
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