Are Fermented Foods Probiotic?


Mary Ellen Sanders
International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics, Executive Science Officer

Dr. Mary Ellen Sanders' is the Executive Science Officer with the International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics (ISAPP). Her professional activities focus on providing evidence-based guidance to food and dietary supplement companies on the role of probiotics in human health. She advises on scientific substantiation of probiotic claims, product development and safety of probiotics. She also works with several non-profit organizations (including ISAPP, FAO/WHO, USP, ILSI-North America and World Gastroenterology Organisation) to provide information on probiotics for consumers and professionals.

What is a probiotic? What do we currently know about how probiotics can benefit human health? What are similarities and differences between probiotics and the microbes in fermented foods?