Cuba Develops New Ways to Enrich Food

Havana, Jul 14 (Prensa Latina) Cuban scientists are working on new substances to increase the nutritional value of the probiotic yogurt Paraiso, a product line of the Labiofam group.

As a nutritional element rich in protein, this yogurt is like an antiseptic for the digestive system, Raymel Viciado, director of the yogurt production plant, told Prensa Latina.

Probiotic products introduce living microorganisms that act on the bacterial flora of the intestines, and are growing in popularity worldwide, Viciado said.

Enriching these products with natural dietary fiber, such as Acitan, a natural compound developed by Labiofam, is one of the goals of the company, he said.

That substance contributes other benefits to the body, such as controlling peristaltic stomach movements and helping to accelerate digestion, Viciado said.

Studies are now focused on this fiber, which is rich in minerals and tannins, which help to improve intestine functioning.

Viciado participated in a Labiofam exhibition fair at the ExpoCuba fairgrounds in Havana that opened on Wednesday and runs until Sunday.

Products on display include veterinary medicine, dietary supplements, products to control vector-borne diseases and other natural products.

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