London: Probiotic drinks and yogurts, popular with millions of consumers trying to stay healthy, don`t really help people`s digestion, finds a recent study. Products such as Yakult, which are sold at a premium over standard yogurts, cannot be proved to either boost the immune system or aid digestive health. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has examined more than 800 health claims from food companies, including those submitted by the multi-billion pound probiotic industry.
Danone, Britain`s biggest manufacturer of probiotic drinks and yogurts, said none of its products was subject to the ruling as it had withdrawn its claims that Actimel and Activia boosted the immune system and aided digestive health. Nearly 60 percent of British households regularly buy probiotic drinks. IANS
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