In the battle to win the hearts and guts of U.S. consumers, long-neglected prebiotic manufacturers are coming out swinging this fall, alleging that probiotic supplements aimed at replenishing good gut bacteria don’t often work and can potentially do harm. Instead of swallowing beneficial bugs, they contend, consumers should spend their money on food for the ones they’ve already got.
“As it becomes increasingly clear that you cannot alter the microbiome with probiotic
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