Science Café: Probiotics and health: Science Fact or Science Fiction?

Introduction by Professor Roger Lentle, Massey University

 RSNZ Manawatu Branch March 2015 meeting

7.30 pm Tuesday, 17 March, Te Manawa – Art Gallery, 326 Main Street, Palmerston North

This month’s meeting will take the form of a Science Café discussion session. Roger Lentle, Professor of Digestive Biomechanics at Massey University and Associate Investigator at the Riddet Institute will provide the introductory illumination on probiotics and the extent that the science evidence supports claimed health benefits. Prof Lentle has a background in gastro-intestinal physiology and in medicine.

Some 100 trillion micro-organisms inhabit our gut, a micro-biome of competing alliances and battles between themselves and with our inner selves. Modern living styles have been blamed for degrading this ecosystem and probiotics, including bacteria in yoghurt and fermented foods such as Kimchi, have been heralded as ways to restore it. The probiotic market is estimated to have a current value in excess of $40 billion.

Come along and hear Prof Lentle, enjoy a cup of coffee and a discussion that could shape decisions you make about the health of your body and your wallet!

All warmly welcome