Analysis of breast milk could yield probiotics for premature babies

07/8/2013 | Chemical & Engineering News

Researchers at the University of California, Davis, have been working for 10 years to identify the components of human breast milk that make it so healthy for babies. While the most common sugar in human milk, disaccharide lactose, is an energy source for infants, other complex polymeric sugars nourish beneficial microbes in the gut, the researchers found. The discovery could lead to the development of supplemental probiotics for premature infants.

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