What are probiotics and why did we include them in our healthy pregnancy snacks?
Probiotics are live, “good” bacteria that populate the gut and provide health benefits to our bodies. As humans, we share our bodies with trillions of bacteria that are introduced to our digestive system in utero. Believe it or not, this is a good thing! Healthy bacteria work together with our body to support our own immune system, help our bodies digest and utilize nutrients and even protect us from harmful, disease-producing bacteria1.
Our goal at CredibleCravings is to help mothers create a nourishing environment for a growing baby by maintaining optimal health during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. This is the main goal for CC. We highly recommend our bars to compliment your healthy pregnancy diet. Backed up by evidence from a number of studies, we feel that the addition of a probiotic during this time will help meet this goal. The added stress on the body during pregnancy can alter the balance of healthy bacteria in the gut, which can have negative health consequences on the body. As a result, we feel that supporting women with probiotics during pregnancy and breastfeeding is an important step towards enhancing the health of not only the mother, but also her growing baby2. Refer to the studies section for more detailed information on the health benefits of probiotics during pregnancy and breastfeeding!
What probiotic is included in our CredibleCravings bar?
We specifically chose to include GanedenBC30 (Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, 6086) in our bars due to its U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) awarded Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) status and safety and efficacy proven in seventeen peer-reviewed studies3-5. GanedenBC30 has many properties that make it an ideal choice for incorporating into food products. A protective shield around its genetic core allows it to survive against rigorous manufacturing processes and acidity from the stomach and also retain its activity without refrigeration. In sticking with our all natural product, Ganeden BC30 is also lactose-free, kosher, and a non-GMO probiotic ingredient5.
What is the probiotic dosage in our CredibleCravings bar and can I take supplemental probiotics in addition to your bar?
Each CredibleCravings bar contains 1 billion CFU of Bacillus coagulans. Studies have shown that GanedenBC30 is safe for chronic consumption at up to 93.8 billion CFU per day3. So, do not be afraid to consume more than one CredibleCravings bar per day in case your cravings get the best of you! GanedenBC30 is also safe to take with other supplemental strains of probiotics. In fact, we encourage the addition of probiotic food sources to your diet such as kefir, sauerkraut, or yogurt.
|1.||Rautava, S, et al. Probiotics modulate host-microbe interaction in the placenta and fetal gut: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Neonatology. 2012;102:178-184.|
|2.||Lindsay KL, et al. Probiotics in pregnancy and maternal outcomes: A systemic review. J Matern Fetal Nenatal Me. 2013. Early Online: 1-7.|
|3.||Endres, JR, et al. One-year chronic oral toxicity with combined reproduction toxicity study of a novel probiotic, Bacillus coagulans, as a food ingredient. Food and Chem Toxicol.2011;49(5):1174-1182.|
|4.||Endres, JR, et al. Safety assessment of a proprietary preparation of a novel Probiotic, Bacillus coagulans, as a food ingredient. Food Chem Toxicol. 2009;47(6):1231-1238.|
|5.||http://www.ganedenlabs.com, accessed on 3/6/2013|