Sunday, 4 October 2009

A Spoonful Of Sugar

image Seems the experts (via the Jobbing Doctor) agree with what I felt were the rather predictable findings of my "one woman trial" on the ineffectiveness of yoghurts that contain probiotics, noting that for the Jobbing Doctor (as was my opinion), "these products are merely sugary Yoghurt."

Despite being pretty cynical about the possibilities, I had, in all fairness, tried these because of reports that they may be beneficial to those of us with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

The idea makes some sense and I'm used to probiotics (sold in chemists in powder form, in a small phial), being routinely advocated after any course of antibiotics in Spain.

However, as just about all ME/CFS and / or fibromyalgia sufferer has some gut symptoms, if not full blown Irritable Bowel Syndrome (not to mention weight problems), common sense also dictates that something so full of sugar - Standard Yakult contains 18g of sugar for every 100g - wont be helpful at all.

Indeed, I avoid refined sugars like the plague, which is no easy task when it seems to be added to every single packaged food item sold these days, and doing so seems to assist in reducing bloating, discomfort and flatulence. Surely, the sugary yoghurt hit would make things worse?

In the end, this is probably just a good example of how marketers can so easily persuade us of unreal things. Or maybe we've all just taken as gospel the lesson sung by Mary Poppins, that "a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down In a most delightful way". :-)

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