Giving Your Bacteria a Boost

Giving Your Bacteria a Boost

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

A growing number of probiotic foods are now available from major food companies. Here's a sampling of the products you may see at the grocery and what they contain. Among these ingredients are prebiotics. These are carbohydrates, such as inulin from chicory and artichokes. They help nourish friendly bacteria, which is akin to feeding your houseplants a little fertilizer to help them thrive.

Activia yogurt. Contains: bifidobacteria, which studies suggest may improve regularity.

DanActive dairy drink. Contains: Lactobacillus casei, which may help boost immunity.

Danimals yogurt and snacks. Contain: Lactobacillus GG, which may help with immunity, digestive health and possibly oral health.

Kashi Vive cereal. Contains: Lactobacillus casei, which may help boost immunity.

LiveActive products, including Breakstone LiveActive cottage cheese, Post LiveActive cereal, LiveActive On the Go Drink Mix from Crystal Light. Contains: inulin. LiveActive Natural Cheese snacks. Contain: bifidobacteria.

Stonyfield yogurt. Contains: lactobacillus rhamnosus, bifodobacteria, lactobacillus casei and lactobacillus acidophilus, which may help with immunity and digestive health, and inulin.

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