The word “Probiotic” may mean “for life” but is Probiotic yogurt necessary for YOUR life?
What is a Probiotic?
Probiotics are live microorganisms found in food and dietary supplements that are similar to the “good” microorganisms naturally found in the human stomach. Put simply, probiotics are live bacteria or the “good army” that fights to keep our digestive tract healthy and our immune system in check. According to the NCCAM there are three primary criteria used for probiotics:
1) Must be a living organism when consumed
2) Must be proven to benefit human health
3) It must be administered at a level that has proven to be beneficial
Since all yogurt contains live active cultures of good bacteria can’t all yogurt technically be classified as probiotic yogurt? The answer is YES!
Then what’s all the fuss?
Most “regular” yogurts on the market contain two common strains of bacteria namely lactobacillus bulgaricus and streptococcus thermophilus. Most yogurt manufacturers that are labeling their yogurt products “probiotic” are adding a third bacteria strain called L. acidophilus.
- It’s all a marketing scam by dairy and yogurt manufacturers
- The third strain may not survive in an already hostile bacterial environment created by the two common strains
- There is insufficient research to support all health benefit claims