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Gastroenterology Research and Practice
Volume 2016, Article ID 3504282, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/3504282
Research Article

A Prebiotic Formula Improves the Gastrointestinal Bacterial Flora in Toddlers

1Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences, Chang Gung University of Science and Technology, Taoyuan 333, Taiwan
2School of Nutrition and Health Sciences, Taipei Medical University, Taipei 11014, Taiwan

Received 25 January 2016; Revised 16 April 2016; Accepted 16 May 2016

Academic Editor: Oz Helieh

Copyright © 2016 Ya-Ling Chen et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

We aimed to investigate the effect of enriched 3-prebiotic formula (including inulin, fructooligosaccharides, and galactooligosaccharides) on toddler gut health by measuring fecal microbiota. Our results revealed that the consumption of 3-prebiotic formula three times per day giving total intake of 1.8 g prebiotic ingredients significantly showed the increased number of probiotic Bifidobacterium spp. colonies and the reduced populations of both C. perfringens and total anaerobic bacteria on the fecal bacterial flora in toddlers at 18~36 months. In addition, total organic acids in the fecal samples significantly increased which improves the utilization of bifidus under acidic conditions after consumption of the 3-prebiotic formula. Therefore, using the formula enriched with prebiotic may maintain gut health in toddlers.