Friday, February 27, 2004

Yahoo! News - 'Probiotic' Baby Formula Deemed Safe in Study

Fri Feb 27,11:28 AM ET
By Amy Norton
"NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Infant formula fortified with 'good' bacteria appears safe, and may help ease babies' irritability, new research suggests. The study, funded by Nestle USA, a maker of infant formula, adds to evidence that so-called probiotic foods may have digestive and immune system benefits, according to the authors. These are, however, benefits that breast feeding has already been shown to have, an expert not involved in the study pointed out. Beneficial bacteria dwell by the trillions in the human body, helping to defend it from disease-causing bugs. People have long gotten an added boost of good bacteria from foods such as yogurt and other fermented dairy products..... "