Posted by: NR | 2009-03-28


Does Yogurt have the same desired affect as popping a probiotic pill? If so what quanty of yogurt a day would you recomment to sustain a healthy digestive system?

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As stability is a problem it is difficult to ensure that yogurt delivers the required dose of probiotics.
Secondly, one must differentiate between “starter cultures” and true probiotics. Starter cultures are not considered true probiotics and so several suppliers add probiotic cultures to yogurts. Those yogurts with a USE BY date of 2 days are most reliable (check the Woolworths range). After that the concentration of probiotic can no longer be guaranteed.
Whilst yogurt is good and healthy, generally you will get a more standardised dose if taking a validated, stable probiotic tablet.

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