The idea that we should be drinking probiotic drinks in Spanish is not just a cultural one.
There is a growing consensus among researchers that there is an inverse correlation between how much a population is consuming in a particular region and the likelihood that it will develop a disease.
In a study published last year in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers looked at a cohort of more than 3,000 people born between 1950 and 1970 in Spain and found that those who drank a diet rich in probiotics tended to be less likely to develop diabetes.
The researchers theorised that this might be because the microbes in the diet could have a more favourable effect on our health than those in the general population.
But a recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that in the United States, probiotics are much more prevalent in people who are overweight and have metabolic syndrome, a condition that includes high blood pressure and diabetes.
This has led researchers to believe that probiotics could play an important role in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.
However, a study by researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center found that people who drank probiotics for two years were just as likely to die as those who didn’t.
“The effect was statistically significant and there were no statistically significant differences between the groups,” said researcher Jennifer Gerson.
Gerson and her colleagues concluded that probiotic consumption in a population may be beneficial but the health benefits are dependent on the number of people in the population who have the microbes, and in this case, that’s not necessarily the case.
“What people need to remember is that there’s an inverse relationship between probiotic intake and mortality,” she said.
In the current study, the researchers used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), which tracks food intake and has been tracking probiotic use in the US since 1992.
They used data collected from a representative sample of adults in the Midwest between 2001 and 2012, and compared the results to the results from a similar study in Sweden in which people who were probiotic for one year were more likely to be healthy than those who were not.
They then used data on diet and body mass index (BMI) to examine the effect of probiotics on the risk factors for cardiovascular disease, including BMI and total cholesterol.
The research also looked at whether probiotics might have an impact on risk factors that could help reduce cardiovascular disease and diabetes, and whether there was any association between probiotics and risk factors in those groups.
The results showed that people with a higher BMI were less likely than people with lower BMI to be probiotic-exposed, but there was no significant association between BMI and the risk for heart disease or diabetes.
Gartner said it’s important to note that while the results of this study do suggest that probiosis might be beneficial, the research is still very preliminary.
“We still need to study these people and see if there are any other health benefits,” she told Al Jazeera.
“There’s a lot of unknowns about probiotics, and the findings are still very promising.”
In a statement, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists said: “The data does not suggest that there are beneficial effects of probiotic supplementation on overall health.
There are also significant concerns about potential adverse effects, including adverse effects on bone mineral density, inflammatory bowel disease, or metabolic syndrome.”
In other words, probiotic supplements are not a magic bullet, but the best advice for your health is to avoid consuming probiotic products and avoid having them around your home.
The study also showed that if people do take probiotics in their diet, they might be more likely than those without to live longer.
“Even people who consume probiotic foods do tend to live a longer life,” Gartter said.
“So if you are going to have probiotic in your diet, don’t put it into your diet with your spouse or your kids.
Put it into a glass, or a jar of wine, or into the fridge.”