New research suggests probiotics can help manage childhood obesity.

The research suggests in combination with eating a Mediterranean-style diet, the probiotic strain Bifidobacterium breve may help obese 6-18 year olds lose weight.

The small study is being presented at e-ECE 2020, 22nd European Congress of Endocrinology. The study involved 100 children between ages 6 and 18 with obesity and insulin resistance. They all ate a Mediterranean style diet and then were given a probiotic for 8 weeks or a placebo.

According to a CNN article, “Both groups ultimately experienced a reduction in body mass index, waist circumference, blood pressure, insulin resistance and concentrations of E. coli bacteria in their guts. The participants who took probiotics, however, saw greater results in weight loss, insulin sensitivity and reduced E. coli concentrations.”

I particularly like the section of the CNN article describing microbiome-friendly foods:

“Parents interested in caring for their child's gut microbiota for weight management or overall health can look to whole food sources. Many fermented foods and cultured dairy products — such as yogurt, kefir, goat milk, aged cheeses, kimchi, miso and sauerkraut — contain living probiotics. Packaged foods can contain single or multiple probiotic strains, but the ingredients label can delineate which strains are present and whether they're live and active.”

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