Q: What beneficial cultures are added to GERBER® GRADUATES® Protect?
The beneficial cultures added to GERBER® GRADUATES® Protect are B. lactis (or Bifidobacterium lactis). The Nestlé trademarked name for the B. lactis in GERBER® GRADUATES® Protect is BIFIDUS BL. B. lactis is one of the types of beneficial cultures found naturally in the digestive tracts of breastfed babies, called Bifidobacterium. While all healthy infants have varying amounts and types of cultures in their digestive tracts, Bifidobacterium make up as much as 90% of the cultures in the digestive tracts of breastfed infants. Many experts believe that these higher levels provide immune-system support and may be one of the reasons why breastfed babies are generally so healthy.
Q: What are probiotics, and what benefits do they provide for babies?
The word "probiotic" means "for life." The World Health Organization recognizes probiotics as beneficial cultures of "good" or "friendly" bacteria that, when consumed in adequate amounts, provide specific health benefits. Not all probiotics are the same. The benefit varies with the type of beneficial probiotic culture. The benefits go beyond basic nutrition and might include aiding digestion or supporting a healthy immune system. Beneficial probiotic cultures are added to some foods like the new yogurts and yogurt drinks specifically for their probiotic effect. Learn more about probiotics.
The probiotic added to GERBER® GRADUATES® Protect is called BIFIDUS BL. The beneficial probiotic cultures BIFIDUS BL are similar to those beneficial cultures found in breastmilk. Scientific research has shown that these beneficial cultures can help support Baby's healthy immune system in many ways, including by increasing levels of key antibodies and helping to support the natural protective barrier in the digestive tract—where 70% of the body's immune system is found.1
Disclaimers/Notes: 1Approximately 70% of the cells of the immune system are found in Baby's digestive tract.