GanedenBC30: Expansion in Processed Foods. Is it a Good Thing?

GanedenBC30 is a trademarked strain of the probiotic bacterium Bacillus coagulans patented by Ganeden Biotech, Inc. of Ohio, USA. Its official name is Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, 6086.

This probiotic received GRAS status in the US in 2012. As you read on the Bacillus coagulans page, B. coagulans is on the European Food Safety Authority’s QPS (Qualified Presumption of Safety) List. Since 2012, it may be formulated into all kinds of foods and drinks such as:

  • Baked goods and baking mixes
  • Beverages and beverage bases
  • Breakfast cereals
  • Chewing gum
  • Coffee and tea
  • Condiments and relishes
  • Confections and frostings
  • Dairy product analogs
  • Fruit juices
  • Frozen dairy desserts and mixes
  • Fruit and water ices
  • Gelatins
  • Puddings, and fillings
  • Grain products and pastas
  • Hard candy
  • Herbs
  • Seeds
  • Spices
  • Seasonings, blends, extracts, and flavorings
  • Jams and jellies
  • Milk and milk products
  • Nuts and nut products
  • Plant protein products
  • Processed fruits
  • Processed vegetables and vegetable juices
  • Snack foods
  • Soft candy
  • Soups and soup mixes
  • Sugar and sweet sauces
  • Toppings 
  • Syrups

How Can It Be Used in So Many Products?

The reason is that it forms endospores, and as I mention on the Bacillus page, those endospores can withstand extreme variations in environmental conditions. So that means that BC30 can be formulated into nearly any food or drink, even frozen or hot foods!  The expected concentration is 100 million to 2 billion CFU per serving. You can see that if you inadvertently eat or drink multiple servings of products containing this probiotic per day that you can be taking in quite a lot! Combine those products with a probiotic supplement containing BC30 and soon you are distorting the "normal" levels in your gut.

Where Can You Find This Probiotic?

If you would like to know if this probiotic strain may benefit you, please consider nutrition consultations.

As previously mentioned, you probably will encounter it at some point if you consume any probiotic-fortified foods or drinks purchased from a store. I have even seen it added to baked chips and dried apricots! As far as probiotic supplements are concerned, one common supplement is Digestive Advantage and it comes in several formulas (please read allergen statements) from Shiff at:

Schiff Digestive Advantage

Other sources of this probiotic will be added in the future.

What is YOUR opinion of Bacillus being put in many foods and drinks? Please leave a comment below.

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