Food for Thought: Culturelle Probiotic vs. Yogurt
If you’re looking to add probiotics to your healthy lifestyle, yogurt might not be all you think it is. That’s because with yogurt there aren’t any guarantees on what strains you’re getting or how many live cultures will be there when you eat it. Here are some things to consider about yogurt.
What’s in there and will it do anything for me?
Most yogurts don’t tell you what bacterial strains they contain. Even if they do have live bacteria inside, how do you know that these cultures have been scientifically demonstrated to have a positive effect in your digestive tract?
How many cultures are really inside?
Regular yogurt is often pasteurized, which means they have been heat treated for longer product shelf life. Pasteurized yogurt has no bacteria at all inside, good or bad. Even in yogurts that claim live and active cultures, they may die off before you get a chance to consume it. That’s because they’re micro-organisms with short lives, and wet environments can reduce their already short life cycle. Inside yogurt bacteria will live and die rapidly so you can’t be sure how many are actually alive when you open the cup.
What else am I getting with yogurt?
Actually you may be getting a lot of extra stuff you don’t want such as sugar, fat and calories. In fact, if you eat just one serving per day of the leading probiotic yogurt for a year, you’re consuming over 15 pounds of sugar and the carbohydrate equivalent of almost 60 pounds of spaghetti.‡ Many probiotic-enriched yogurts actually recommend you eat three cups a day to meet the probiotic levels needed to feel any digestive health benefits. All of those pounds and calories can start to add up, and quickly!
‡Versus Activia Strawberry 4 Oz. Activia is a registered trademark of Dannon, Inc.
The Culturelle Advantage
With just one capsule of Culturelle you’re getting the proven power of probiotics and nothing else. Culturelle contains a guaranteed minimum 10 billion live cultures of the #1 clinically studied probiotic strain, Lactobacillus GG.†† It’s scientifically demonstrated to support your digestive and immune health.* Culturelle’s potency is guaranteed because its probiotic cultures are freeze dried and encapsulated. This suspends their development - so they will be alive when they make it to the digestive system. Each capsule is individually packaged in foil to protect it from light and moisture.