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Gut Microbes. 2010 Nov-Dec;1(6):411-4. doi: 10.4161/gmic.1.6.14079.

The potential role for probiotic yogurt for people living with HIV/AIDS.

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Lawson Health Research Institute, Department of Microbiology, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada.


In demonstrating that it is feasible to create a community-run kitchen that produces probiotic yogurt, and that this can contribute to the health of people with HIV/AIDS, we embellished the 2001 Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Health Organization (WHO) report on probiotics that recommended efforts be made to take probiotics to developing countries. We proved that driven by humanitarian goals not profit, probiotic yogurt can be produced in the world's poor regions. This food can be safely consumed by HIV/AIDS subjects, and in many of them benefits can be accrued in gut health, nutritional and potentially immune status. Such outcomes have a scientific rationale, many social implications, and perhaps most importantly raise the question, why have developed countries not tried harder to bring nutrition-based probiotics to people in need?


Africa; HIV/AIDS; community kitchen; diarrhea; probiotics; yogurt

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