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Examination of Probiotics Labeling: Analyzing the Accuracy of Labeling on Probiotic Products
Microbiology and Immunology
Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
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Probiotics are defined as live microorganisms that provide effective benefits to the host by improving the properties of the microbial world of the organism (Nieuwbor, Burgwel, & Classen, 2016). Different strains of probiotic organisms are in use to work through several interrelated mechanisms to promote health at the molecular level (Killian, 2012). As the usage of probiotics constantly expands and more consumers are demanding more probiotic intakes, the market is expanding with the production of probiotics. Consumers are buying probiotics thinking that probiotics are great investment to enhance their overall health. According to the National Health Statistics Reports, Americans spent billions of dollars on natural products supplements annually and that value is increasing around the globe (Nahin, Barnes, & Stussman, 2016). The purpose of the project is to examine the accuracy of probiotic product labeling by comparing the information on the label to the experimental data. The four probiotics products that were used in the research are Ultimate 10 Probiotics, Digestive Advantages Probiotics, Digestive Probiotics, and Women’s Care Ultimate Flora Probiotics. These products were randomly selected with no prior knowledge of the products nor preferences. The analysis showed that there are similarities between what is on the probiotic labeling in comparison to what the experimental data present with limitations. Further research is recommended in the future to gain more knowledge about the probiotics world.