Are probiotics really good for you?

One of our most popular stories, week in, week out, is a Q&A from 2014 with pediatric gastroenterologist and celiac disease expert Stefano Guandalini, MD, titled simply, “Do probiotics work?” While we’d like to think that many people are super interested in the differences between Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus, we know most of the credit goes to its Google-friendly headline. But the fact that so many people are still Googling the basic question, “Do probiotics work?” means there’s still a lot of confusion about all the yogurts, shakes, and other foods on the market making questionable health claims about the benefits of swallowing bacteria.

We still recommend reading Dr. Guandalini’s thoughts, but if you want a more … digestible format (sorry), now you can watch UChicago’s Jack Gilbert and Julie Bubeck Wardenburg give their take in the latest video from Argonne’s Microbiome Project series.

About Matt Wood (461 Articles)
Matt Wood is a senior science writer for the University of Chicago Medicine and editor of the Science Life blog.
%d bloggers like this: