According to a new study, women who take probiotics during pregnancy and lactation are less likely to become obese.
The research conducted in Finland found that the lower risk of obesity was especially significant during the first year after giving birth.
A total of 256 women participated in the study and were divided into three groups. Two groups received dietary counseling, and one of those also received daily capsules of probiotics containing Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium.
The other group received a placebo, whereas the third group received placebo and no dietary counseling.
The results found that 25 percent of the women who had been given the probiotics as well as diet advice had central obesity, defined as a body mass index of 30 or more or a waist circumference of over 31 inches.
Meanwhile, as much as 43 percent of those who got counseling alone and 40 percent of the women who got neither diet advice nor probiotics developed central obesity.
The scientists believe probiotics’ power to manipulate the balance of bacteria in the gut may help fight obesity.