Are Certain Types of Bacteria Really Healthy? "Real Moms" Talks about Pre and Probiotics in Upcoming Episode

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The word "bacteria" often conjures negatives thoughts of infection and disease. After many years of popularity in Europe, resurgence of interest in healthy bacteria has become a hot topic in the United States with proven results in aiding good digestive health.

The word "bacteria" often conjures negatives thoughts of infection and disease. After many years of popularity in Europe, resurgence of interest in healthy bacteria has become a hot topic in the United States with proven results in aiding good digestive health. "Probiotics" are beneficial bacteria found in the body's gastrointestinal tract and have been proven to fight off harmful bacteria and also strengthen the immune system. "Prebiotics" are the food for the probiotics and are found naturally in items like whole grains, fruit, garlic and onion. This week on the award-winning television series "Real Moms, Real Stories, Real Savvy" there will be an informative Round Table discussion on the benefits and uses of pre and probiotics.

The experts in the segment educate parents about the growing body of evidence that probiotics - or foods that contain live bacteria - are good for one's health. Research suggests that probiotics can be useful in preventing or managing many common conditions such as urinary tract and bladder infections, inflammatory bowel disease, eczema, intestinal cancers and may also reduce the rate of childhood respiratory infections. These live or active cultures are found in various food sources such as yogurt, buttermilk and fermented foods sources such as soy products. Dr. Michelle Pietzak states, "If you're breastfeeding you get prebiotics in a sugar in the breast milk…and that is prebiotic because it promotes the growth of bifido bacteria…the beneficial bacterium of the gut." Pediatrician, Dr. Christine Wood adds, "You can get it in onions and garlic and one of the forms of prebiotics called 'inulin' is actually derived from chicory root. So these things go right through the gut tract and they do offer a source of dietary fiber for us, too."

Many companies will be adding both pre and probiotics to their products. Nestlé is leading the way in infant nutrition by offering the only formula in the United States to contain probiotics, "Good Start, Natural Cultures" and Beechnut has added the prebiotic inulin to their new range of "Good Morning, Good Evening" baby food.

"Real Moms, Real Stories, Real Savvy" airs Nationwide on PBS stations (check listings) In New York -WLIW- Channel 21, Fridays at 2:30PM and Saturdays at 7:00AM.

Join the discussion about this fast growing phenomenon on RealSavvyMoms.com, or check out http://www.RealSavvy.tv and watch this segment via broadband.

About "Real Moms, Real Stories, Real Savvy"
"Real Moms, Real Stories, Real Savvy" is an award-winning series made for Public Television. The content spans from Pre-Conception to Pre-K for both new and expectant parents with important social, life-style and health and wellness information. The series is supported by a community site at http://www.realsavvymoms.com - featuring blogs, forums, polls, videos and the highly popular "Ask an Expert" section.

The series is produced by Morphogenix, LLC.
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