We have a lot of good things to say about yogurt. It’s a perfect go-to snack when you’re craving something creamy and slightly sweet. And since it’s satisfying and actually cuts cravings, you will not be left dreaming of ice cream sundaes and cheesecake late at night. Not only does yogurt have significantly less calories than most standard desserts, but it also packs nutrition that can’t be found in a slice of cake. Yogurt is a natural source for probiotics, which are known to do everything from improve digestive problems to clear up skin.
Unlike probiotic pills, most yogurts do not state the amount of live bacteria on the label, which can make selecting one somewhat difficult. Almost all yogurts naturally contain probiotics to some degree (just because it contains active cultures doesn’t equate to probiotic benefits), and organic versions tend to be the best choice since they have fewer chemicals and additives. To reap the true benefits of priobiotics, take a supplement and eat yogurt rather than choosing one over the other.
Did you know-
• In order for yogurt to be sold in the United States, it must contain live cultures of both Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus.
• Any food product that contains probiotics should read on the label “live or viable bacteria,” meaning they are alive, which is necessary for the probiotic to work.
• The longer your yogurt sits on a store shelf or in the fridge, the lower the amount of living probiotics it will have, although it’s not yet known when the levels slip.
• Because they have less additives and chemicals than traditional yogurt, plain, unflavored organic yogurts are usually the best option for probiotic-packed yogurts.
• Yogurt with both active cultures and probiotics are best when you are attempting any sort of diet detox. The mix of the two helps your body digest and absorb nutrients better, making sure your body is eliminating toxins but keeping the healthy vitamins and minerals it needs.
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