Probiotics In Yogurt
Probiotics in yogurt is probably the most popular way people have been supplementing this bacteria culture into their system. Ever since it was discovered that probiotics are good for the digestive system this supplement industry went crazy.
There have been some black spots along the way; lawsuits over hyped-up unproven health benefit claims and rejected claims from health authorities, such as the European Food Safety Authority and the US National Library of Health.
Still, looking beyond a few rejected claims and squabbling media reports, there is enough substantiated evidence that tells us increasing the probiotics inside our digestive tract can have real and significant benefits regarding problem digestive symptoms we al experience… and this is great news.
Here’s the problem
The research experts tell us that the friendly bacteria, which is now referred to as probiotics, is propagated then we experience certain benefits such as relief of constipation, abdominal pains, bloating tiredness, and even much more serious diseases like IBS. Now these experts specifically tell us that probiotics are not self-supporting and require certain nutrients to grow, these are the specific ones found in foods and supplements that are called prebiotics.
This is the vital information the food companies that sell yogurt forgot to mention!
There’s certainly no harm in getting probiotics from yogurt, but just doing that on it’s own doesn’t do much in the way of increasing the friendly bacteria population in your gut… not without the required prebiotic nutrients.
Of course now, several years after the probiotic supplement craze, food companies are adding prebiotics to their pre-packaged food products, in things like bread, milk, juice, cereal etc. We’ll see a lot more too because large food companies are seeing the potential of the health benefit claims that have come out and want to cash in on this huge market.
How do you get prebiotics?
The prebiotic nutrients that feed probiotic bacteria are found in some common foods all of us can eat. Foods like whole-grains, nuts and seeds, fruits, and veggies. Basically foods from the carbohydrate group. There’s a few exceptions such as red wine and dark chocolate, yeah, no kidding.
How much do we need?
There’s still no united authority that has decided upon a recommended daily dosage of prebiotics, but you can eat all the fruits, vegetables and grains you feel like and still not over do it because most of us just don’t eat that much of that type of foods anyway. We’ve seen professional recommendations anywhere from 5g to as high as 18g.
When looking around for true all-natural supplements, it was very hard to find companies that really did this from the ground up. I mean from the food source and the extraction process used, to the capsule containing the finished product being made entirely of vegetable sources, and NOT gelatin.