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The governing board of the International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics (ISAPP; www.isapp.net) would like to offer comments on the 2015 DGAC Scientific Report, which noted that the Committee considers the microbiome to be an emerging topic of importance to future DGACs. The attached pdf file details our comments. In short, ISAPP believes that the DGAC did not go far enough in recognizing the importance of consuming foods that include beneficial microbes. The research in the field of probiotics, prebiotics and the microbiome has intersected with a growing body of knowledge about the value of such consumption on human health. This needs to be acknowledged in the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Consumption of probiotics, prebiotics and live and active cultures as part of fermented foods will enhance the propagation of beneficial microbes in the body and should form a key part of the document that is designed to promote a healthy diet.
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Last updated: 9/24/2017
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