5 Benefits of Probiotics for Healthy Kids
by: Kerry Jones, MPH, RDN, LDN - Nutrition Consultant for Tiny Sprouts Foods
Probiotics have grown in popularity in the last couple of years. In fact, the probiotic industry was estimated to be worth $48.38 billion in 2018 and is not anticipated to slow down any time soon1. This is due to the growing number of health benefits being discovered on probiotic use for the whole family.
Probiotics are live microorganisms that are intended to have health benefits when consumed in fermented foods, such as yogurt, kefir, and sauerkraut, probiotic-fortified foods, or some dietary supplements. The microorganisms present in probiotics are often similar to the ones that naturally live in our bodies 2. While we typically think of bacteria or microorganisms as a bad thing, our bodies actually need certain types of microorganisms and good bacteria to stay healthy.
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About the author:
Kerry Jones, MPH, RDN, LDN is a pediatric & maternal registered dietitian, nutrition consultant for Tiny Sprouts Foods, and owner of Milestones Pediatric & Maternal Nutrition. Her goal is to help transition women into motherhood and then continue to support them and their children as they grow. Learn more about nutrition for your family at www.milestonesnutrition.com.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this blog is based on the experience of the author and science-based research. It is not intended to replace medical advice or diagnosis from a physician or other medical provider. This blog is not intended as a substitute for a consultation with a physician or other healthcare provider. The author is not responsible for any adverse effects or consequences resulting from the use of any suggestions discussed in this blog. It is important to talk to your doctor or your child’s pediatrician prior to starting any new medications or supplements.
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