Protein-Trapped Sugar Compounds Nourish Infant Gut Microbes

Professors David Mills, Daniela Barile, Juliana de Moura Bell and other FST researchers have shown that an enzyme produced by beneficial microbes in babies' intestines is able to harvest specific sugar compounds from human breast-milk and cow's milk. The discovery identifies the sugars -- rather than associated protein compounds -- as the key to nourishing those important, health-promoting microbes.

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