Influencing gut microbiota through nutrition

Nutricia has pioneered the role of nutrition and gut microbiota to improve health. Our research has focused on the relationship between nutrition and the development of the digestive system in infants. By studying the development of the microbiota of breastfed infants we have learned how the microbiota can be influenced through nutrition and impact health and disease later in life.

The difference between prebiotics and probiotics 

Prebiotics and probiotics sound similar and so are easily confused. Probiotics is the name given to good bacteria naturally present in the gut that help the digestive system to function properly. They are defined as live microorganisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, pass a health benefit on to the host¹.

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Probiotics are sometimes found in food such as yogurt; however, they can be digested before they reach the colon where they are needed. Prebiotics are dietary carbohydrates that feed the good bacteria already in the gut. They are not digestible and therefore reach the colon intact. Prebiotics work naturally to stimulate the growth of good bacteria to support gut function, including helping digestion and supporting the immune system. 

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Cow’s Milk Allergy

Allergies are on the rise. The right nutrition at the right time can have a positive impact on symptoms, both in the short and long term.

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The role of nutrition in allergy

An allergic reaction is often the first sign that something is going wrong with the immune system, so it is important to investigate ways to reduce the risk of development of CMA or manage diagnosed CMA by providing the right nutritional support.