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Coming Soon: Probiotics From Baby Poop

Yes, you read that right. Probiotics made from baby poop could be coming soon to a health store or aisle near you. According to a study published on the British Journal of Nutrition, baby poop may hold the key to prevention or treatment of certain gastrointestinal infections including Salmonella, Shigella and Escherichia coli (also known as E. coli).

Three probiotics, Lactobacillus paracasei CNCM I-4034, Bifidobacterium breve CNCM I-4035 and Lactobacillus rhamnosus CNCM I-4036) isolated from the feces of breastfed infants appeared to inhibit the growth of the above-mentioned bacteria. Each probiotic was found to be strain-specific inhibition of bacteria (something that may be in line with some experts’ view that one should take more than one type of probiotic supplements).

Now, this could make you gag, but these probiotics may be used in “functional foods”. I wonder how they will be collecting the poop. Will they ask moms who breast-feed to donate their kid’s poop for a good cause? Maybe build special collection diaper bins, cooling system and all to prevent the poop from going stale, and give these to new moms who commit to breast-feed their baby? Click here to read the original story

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