Beat the Bloat: Probiotics Health Benefits and Sources

A new study conducted by Danisco, in collaboration with the National Institute of Health and Medical Research reveals that a certain strain of probiotic may help alleviate the effects associated with high-fat diets and obesity. The probiotic know for short as  “B420” may have a beneficial effect on metabolic syndrome (a condition often defined by obesity, hypertension, and unbalanced insulin metabolism). The study was carried out on diabetic mice given a high-fat diet, and shows supporting evidence that B420 may also decrease the development of harmful bacteria in the intestine, leading to a reduction of inflammation.

As you all might know by now, a bulk of my research lies within the gut microbiome and ancestral diets.  I often talk about probiotics health benefits and sources. 

Previous studies with similar conclusions also suggest that obesity may have a microbial component, since bacteria in the gut differs between those that have a more lean physique and those that are obese [1]. The addition of probiotics in the diet may help replenish beneficial bacteria and get rid of harmful microbials contributing to unstable metabolism and obesity.

Are you getting optimal amounts of daily Probiotics?  Take my quiz below!

1). Do you consume the following foods

a)   Yogurts with no added sugars (like non-fat Greek yogurt)

b)   Consume miso or saurkraut on a weekly basis

c)    Kefir (a cultured milk product)

d)   All of the above


2). Do you supplement with a multi-probiotic Y/N


3). Do you consume more than 3 alcoholic drinks per week? Y/N


4). Do you consume diet high in sugars Y/N


5.) Were you breastfed as a child Y/N

Points per Answer

1)   a-2,  b-2, c-2, d-4

2)   Y-3, N-0

3)   Y-0, N-3

4)   Y-0, N-3

5)   Y-3, N-0


14 – 16 You ‘re a Probiotic Star!

10 – 14 Consider revising your diet and possibly adding a mulit-probiotic.

5 – 10 You need to definitely reduce the amount of sugars in your diet, consume whole, unprocessed foods, and supplement with a multi-probiotic.

1 – 5 You must be suffering from digestive issues!  Your probiotic intake is valued in the ‘F’ category.  Consider talking to a licensed healthcare provider to evaluate your dietary intake, as well as proper supplementation.

[1] Kadooka et al. Regulation of abdominal adiposity by probiotics (Lactobacillus gasseri SBT2055) in adults with obese tendencies in a randomized controlled trial. European journal of clinical nutrition (2010) pp.

In Health,

Stella Metsovas B.S., CCN