2nd Feature

November 2001 Issue

Not All Bacteria Are Bad: Probiotics Promise Help To G.I. Tract, Immunity

In today’s world of food safety scares, antibacterial kitchen cleaners and bacteria-resistant cutting boards, the message is clear: Eradicate bacteria if you want to stay healthy. Sound advice. Unless, of course, you are talking about a different breed of bacteria—bacteria that are actually good for you. Such friendly bugs, which naturally inhabit the intestinal tract, have taken on the sobriquet "probiotics."

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