"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > General Cooking Information > Health, Nutrition and Special Diets
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 01-02-2011, 09:40 PM   #1
Head Chef
 
spork's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Landlocked in Southwest U.S.
Posts: 1,123
What is a probiotic?

It seems to be popping up everywhere as a food additive or supplement. What is it? What does it do? Is it just a food fad?

__________________

__________________
spork is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-02-2011, 09:48 PM   #2
Cupcake
 
Kathleen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Mid-Atlantic, USA
Posts: 2,315
A probiotic is a microorganism that is considered to be healthy for the organism that takes it. The micro-organisms are generally beneficial cultures of bacteria and/or yeasts. I always get something with a probiotic when I am prescribed antibiotics as they help my digestion not to go crazy while I take the antibiotic. (Those little Dannon pro-biotic drinks are just wonderful.) Pro-biotics seem to be especially useful for people with digestion problems. I hope this helps!

~Kathleen
__________________

__________________
A little bit Ginger. A little bit Mary Ann.
Kathleen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-03-2011, 01:43 AM   #3
Chef Extraordinaire
 
buckytom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: My mountain
Posts: 18,766
i thought it gets paid for being so healthy for you...
__________________
in nomine patri, et fili, et spiritus sancti.


Meh nom eh noh...doot dooooo do do do.
buckytom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-03-2011, 02:06 AM   #4
Senior Cook
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 161
PRObiotics are ESPECIALLY important to people(namely FEMALES) that are taking ANTIbiotics. Your body is constantly full of/making its own yeast supply. Quite normal to have yeast supplies inside of your body. Yay, ok, -when things are going swimmingly, noone even notices. Its when one becomes ill, & antibiotics are prescribed when probiotics eve get mentioned. Antibiotics KILL ANY & EVERY kind of bacteria that the body is hosting. Wonderful..., BUT...IT ALSO kills the good, natural bacteria that keep this yeast "in check"..w/o the bacterias to control the yeasts then populate very rapidly, &, the yeasts then kinda go "Hitler" on ya, &, invade your body w/alarming repurcussions...in feimine terms, "yeast infection" is then a very real, serious, intense reaction....I promote probiotics 5,000% of the way!! Nothing bad comes from a PRObiotic, but, when an ANTIbiotic is introduced...beware!!
__________________
Midnight_Merlot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-03-2011, 09:31 AM   #5
Senior Cook
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 476
Probiotics are found in supplements, but are also in foods. Yogurt has plenty of probiotics to begin with, but there are some foods yogurts especially that have them as an additive. I was having some issues digestively, and with my skin, and it was suggested to me that I take a probiotic. I took it for about 3 weeks and then stopped to allow my body to regulate itself. I haven't had any problems since.
__________________
Happy Cooking!!
Joy

betterthanabox.org
betterthanabox is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-03-2011, 10:22 AM   #6
Flour Child
 
mollyanne's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: North Carolina, USA
Posts: 1,406
Quote:
Originally Posted by KathleenA View Post
A probiotic is a microorganism that is considered to be healthy for the organism that takes it. The micro-organisms are generally beneficial cultures of bacteria and/or yeasts. I always get something with a probiotic when I am prescribed antibiotics as they help my digestion not to go crazy while I take the antibiotic. (Those little Dannon pro-biotic drinks are just wonderful.) Pro-biotics seem to be especially useful for people with digestion problems. I hope this helps!

~Kathleen
I didn't know that.
__________________


. My kitchen is for dancing. Bring me sunshine in a cup~emily dickinson. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
mollyanne is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-03-2011, 05:31 PM   #7
Cupcake
 
Kathleen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Mid-Atlantic, USA
Posts: 2,315
Quote:
Originally Posted by mollyanne View Post
I didn't know that.
I swear by them - especially when taking an antibiotic.

~Kathleen
__________________
A little bit Ginger. A little bit Mary Ann.
Kathleen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-03-2011, 06:01 PM   #8
Master Chef
 
Kayelle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: south central coast/California
Posts: 9,891
Very informative!! I didn't know all this stuff either, now we're both "in the know" MA !!

Loved your descriptions about Hitler yeast Merlot!! I hear ya, I hear ya!!!
__________________
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but rather by the moments that take our breath away.

Kayelle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-03-2011, 06:26 PM   #9
Master Chef
 
Chief Longwind Of The North's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: USA,Michigan
Posts: 9,229
The intestinal tract is filled with micro-organisms. These do a host of things. Some help in the digestion of sugars, while others aid in digesting starches. Others take care of the fats, and so on. They are essential for utilizing the substances in beans. Those who suffer flatulence do so because they are not digesting the beans completely, leaving matter that produce an abundance of methane. Without the proper flora and fauna in the digestive tract, you can't get all of the nutrients out of the foods you eat. In addition, since some the stuff that is supposed to be digested, isn't, problems such as Crone's disease, diverticulitis, and even diarrhea can become intense.

Probiotics are organisms that are normally found in a healthy gut. As was stated, yogurt has some probiotics naturally. Others are added to some brands. And yes, they are added to other foods as well, especially liquids.

In addition to probiotics, there are a host of enzymes in the gut that are required to make the food usable to the person eating it. Lactaid is a product with an enzyme that helps digest lactose, a milk sugar. Without it, those who are deficient in lactase (I think that's the name of the enzyme) develop cramps whenever they eat dairy products. The reason people who are lactose intolerant can eat cheese is that the organisms that turn milk and or cream into cheese, eat the lactose (milk sugar) and secrete and acid that reacts with the milk protein, causing in to curdle and become cheese. Cheese has very little lactose left in it.

Honey isn't given to babies because the organism that secretes the agent that causes botulism can live in a dormant state in honey. Adult digestive tracts secrete powerful acids and alkalies that destroy the organism. Babies digestive systems aren't developed enough to kill the micro-organism, and the critter becomes active in an anaerobic environment. It thrives in the oxygen-free gut and secrets its poison into the babies intestinal tract, not a good thing.

The digestive tract is a complex and wonderful thing, with organisms that live symbiotically with us, their host, to help us use the foods we eat. It's the same with most land mammals. But when we get critters in our gut that aren't supposed to be there, or when the cut is perforated, allowing those organisms to get into our bodies, then we are in serious trouble.

The body is a complex and wonderful thing. It's designed to work with many other parts of our world to keep us, and other living things alive. We are indeed foolish when we mess with it.

Seeeeeya; Goodweed of the North
__________________
“No amount of success outside the home can compensate for failure within the home…"

Check out my blog for the friendliest cooking instruction on the net. Go ahead. You know you want to.- http://gwnorthsfamilycookin.wordpress.com/
Chief Longwind Of The North is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-03-2011, 08:42 PM   #10
Master Chef
 
Constance's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Southern Illiniois
Posts: 8,175
Great answer, my friend.
__________________

__________________
We get by with a little help from our friends
Constance is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Discuss Cooking on Facebook

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:33 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.