Safety of prebiotics in infants


Funding period: 2014-2019
Lead: Steve Brooks
Total GRDI funding: $474,000

Breast milk contains a wide variety of carbohydrates that serve as nutrients for the developing infant gut bacterial community. Some infant formulas contain fermentable carbohydrates to mimic this function. In Canada, three types of fermentable carbohydrates have been added to infant formula. Some of these have been linked to increased inflammation in infants' guts. In this project, scientists are assessing the impact of these carbohydrates on infant gut bacterial communities during weaning and over the long term in rats. This research informs Health Canada regulators of potential impacts associated with fermentable materials, especially in infant formula.

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