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EFSA’s problem with Probitics

In # 7: Gut health by LukeLeave a Comment

Consumers can be very picky when it comes to picking food. Not only is the taste and quality of the food a big selling point to consumers but so is marketing. One of the most common tricks that marketers use is saying that products have a health benefit such as probiotics or prebiotics. This convinces consumers that one product is better even if there is actually only minimal benefit. Government around the world argue whether or not they should allow this type of marketing. Nowhere is this more prevalent than in Europe where the European Union has not approved any of the health claims that these companies market. They haven’t been convinced by the data and believe that it isn’t relevant to consumers. Their decision affects consumers in a negative way. While the data supporting probiotics and prebiotics isn’t completely supported there has been no data showing any negative effects of probiotics and prebiotics. There are only the possible benefits of the food. Consumers should be allowed to know what food may or may not be healthier for them. As …

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Against Labeling Probiotic and Prebiotic Foods without Evidence

In # 7: Gut health by ElizabethLeave a Comment

After today’s lecture where we reviewed the European and American standards to labeling foods, I have come to a conclusion that agrees with the FDA- I believe that food should only be labeled gut health friendly if there is substantial evidence that they impact an individual’s gut health in a positive way. However I do agree with many companies that argue the goals outlined by the European governments is unattainable due to the fact that there are no food products that are officially approved to have a gut health claim. There are probably some foods that have shown substantial evidence to affect our gut health, but have yet to be approved. These situations should be approached on a case-to-case basis. If each case has solid evidence that supports their products probiotic and prebiotic abilities, they should be labeled as such. However, some of these companies that wish to make these claims do not have enough evidence to support their claim, as was the case with Dannon’s Activia. This measure will benefit both individuals buying the foods as well as the …

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Is the Bar too High?

In # 7: Gut health by Shane1 Comment

There have been multiple beneficial health claims dealing with probiotics and prebiotics. Probiotics have been seen to help issues such as: irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, and many other issues. Prebiotics have been seen to help increase calcium and magnesium absorption, enhance and strengthen the immune system, and many other benefits as well. Even though these health claims are present, they have not been approved by the US or Europe. Due to the fact that regulatory agencies expect a high level of evidence resulting in them not being convinced. I personally believe that we should keep these high criteria for gut health. One reason for this is that these claims might not work for everyone. What if these health benefits only affect a certain population of people. Stating these claims could lead others astray resulting in them believing that they are putting something good into their body but in reality, is doing nothing. Having these high levels of evidence makes sure that this situation doesn’t happen and that people are eating products that truly are beneficial for them. Another reason …

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Say Yes To Probiotics

In # 7: Gut health by LaurenLeave a Comment

I feel like a consensus on this decision will never arise. On one hand, it’s obviously important to ensure that a drug you are offering to people is safe. On the other hand, if you are refusing to give a drug to people that could very well ease the issues surrounding a disease or condition, that’s obviously hindering for a lot of individuals. It’s reassuring that there is such high standards for probiotics and prebiotics, however I don’t think it’s the right way to go about protecting the health of their citizens. On a personal note, I take a probiotic for health reasons. It has helped tremendously and I couldn’t be more thankful for it. My doctor suggested it after I have struggled with various issues for several years. I hate to think that if there were health claims previously, that I would’ve avoided some of the health issues I face on a daily basis. I think that there are enough studies that have been done with probiotics and prebiotics that health practitioners everywhere should be convinced that they are effective and …

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Gut Health Claims

In # 7: Gut health by IrwinLeave a Comment

What consumers want are products that satisfies their needs and desires. Of course, the position that best serves the consumer’s interest will be the position that provides the most accurate health claims. The problem with relaxing the criteria for health claims is that companies will just use health claims as a marketing tool to sell their products. Let’s face it, in the end, a business exists to make profits for themselves. Even if they focus on probiotic food and beverages, their goal is to make as much money as possible for the investors. A strict scientific standard will ensure that if a health claim is approved, then it is going to be accurate and proven to be true. If the criteria for health claims are relaxed, companies can put them on their products and charge a premium for them, which will only serve to benefit the companies, just like how Dannon used exaggerated health claims on their Activia yogurt and DanActive Dairy Drink. Of course, it is true that there have been various studies regarding the effects of probiotics and …

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