Dundee professor hails benefits of "good bacteria"
23 January 2004
"So-called "good bacteria", as advertised by yogurt and dairy drink companies, has massive health benefits and could significantly reduce the risk of cancer, says a Dundee University academic, writes Maura Bowman.
Professor John Cummings, who holds a personal chair in experimental gastroenterology, says that we can influence the growth of these "good" bacteria by eating the correct diet.... Professor Cummings said that a group of carbohydrates, known as oligosaccharides, have been found to have such an effect. These could easily be incorporated in foods as a substitute for sugar and they are found naturally in artichokes, members of the onions, leeks and garlic family, in beans, peas and soyas and, to a lesser extent, in cereals. In addition, they are found in "huge quantities" in breast milk and may help to explain the protection breast-fed babies have from infection, said the professor."