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>> If you enjoy supping on a pines of beer, a new twist to the recipe could just poke you up. Scientists in Singapore have invented a tipple containing a probiotic bacteria, which can boost the immune system and improve gut's health. It's also made from the malt, alcohol, and hops you'd expect.
Food researcher, Alcine Chan, says it was a struggle to get the formula just right.>> Hops is the main ingredient that kills probiotics. So we have to find a way in order to allow the probiotics to overcome the hops. So this process, actually it's quite tedious.>> Chan perfected the beer recipe as part of her senior year project at the National University of Singapore.
She chose the drink as the new vehicle for probiotics because she saw the market potential. The still unnamed pale, bubbly beer has 3.5% alcohol content, and a sweet taste. Chan has stopped short of making health claims about it, but says probiotics have proven health benefits. Bars will have to wait before they can start stocking up, as the drink's inventors wait for a patent.