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According to a recent nationally representative survey, about 60% of the calories consumed by Americans come from “ultra-processed” foods and beverages—defined as products resulting from “several sequences of industrial processes” and including additives “used to imitate sensory properties of foods or to disguise unpalatable aspects of the final product.” Alarmingly, the survey showed that adolescents (10- to 19-year-olds) were among the biggest consumers of ultra-processed foods and that their intake of these foods increased from 2007 to 2012, rising to over two-thirds (68%) of total calories consumed.





I found a study that confirms the adage-everything in moderation, including moderation, regarding probiotic use. While they are very helpful and have been linked to improving numerous conditions, consuming too much may have unintended consequences. But the study provoked a scathing rebuke by the International Probiotics Association, and raised significant questions regarding the study’s methods and findings that probiotic use can result can result in disorienting brain fogginess as well as rapid, significant belly bloating.





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