Friday, 26 January 2018
Adding prebiotics to baby formulas significantly boosts infants' memories
Adding prebiotics to baby formulas may significantly boost infants' memories, new research reveals.
Although unclear why, researchers found piglets fed prebiotic-rich formulas are significantly better at recognizing objects they have come across before, a US study found.
This is thought to be due to prebiotics' effect on 'good bacteria' in the gut.
Breast milk naturally contains prebiotics, however, this research may aid the development of better infant formulas for women who cannot, or chose not to, breastfeed.
Difference between prebiotics and probiotics:
Prebiotics are food for the good bacteria in the gut, hence promote growth. Fruits like apples, bananas and kiwifruits are good sources of prebiotics for kids.
Probiotics contain good bacteria. By eating probiotic food like cultured milk and fermented food, good bacteria are introduced into the gut.
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