Science Correspondent for the Telegraph in Amsterdam has reported on the findings of a Finnish study.
“Researchers found that women who took the food supplement during and after pregnancy saw a bigger reduction in both their waistline and overall body fat.
They found that six months after pregnancy the women taking the probiotic were half as likely to have a pot belly.
After a year the gap narrowed slightly but those taking the food additive remained significantly slimmer.
The researchers believe the probiotics could help people in general lose weight and also give babies the best possible start to life.
‘We were surprised at how big the reduction was,’ said Dr Kirsi Laitinen, a nutritionist at the University of Turku in Finland.
‘One year after childbirth, they had the lowest levels of central obesity as well as the lowest body fat percentage.’
‘We know how difficult it is to lose weight and every little helps.’
The research, at the European Congress on Obesity, comes after laboratory studies suggest that probiotics may reduce the body’s ability to produce fat and distribute it around the body.
The study of 256 Finnish women found that after six months only a quarter of women on the probiotics were classed as obese with a body mass index. This compared with around half of those who were not taking the supplements.”