- On average, the children who took synbiotics lost more weight than the children who did not take synbiotics. They also had greater reductions in body-mass index and triceps skinfold thickness (a measurement used to estimate body fat).
- Children in the synbiotics group had greater decreases in LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels, triglyceride levels, and markers of oxidative stress. These findings suggest that they experienced greater overall improvement in their cardiovascular health.
While these findings are interesting, the study was relatively short and did not use a placebo control group. Therefore, more research is needed to understand if synbiotics could someday be used to help children with obesity to lose weight. In the meantime, if you’d like to boost your child’s intake of synbiotics, look no further than your grocery store aisles. Fermented and cultured foods such as kefir, buttermilk, yogurt, and unpasteurized sauerkraut contain probiotics. Vegetables such as garlic, onion, and green peas, fruits such as bananas, nectarines, watermelon, and grapefruit, and legumes such as lentils and chickpeas, are all sources for prebiotic fibers.
Source: Beneficial Microbes