Probiotics are not harmless. Actually, in certain situations, they may cause a lot of damage. The term probiotics—which comes from Latin, meaning “pro life”—is somewhat misleading, because probiotics don’t always promote life—sometimes, they cause death. Certain probiotics, including various types of lactic acid bacteria, produce powerful compounds (like bacteriocins), toxins that inhibit or kill other microbes. If you regularly ingest large quantities of these critters, you may be damaging your gut
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