Beneficial Bacteria

You may not be familiar with probiotics, but many of us eat them all the time. They're beneficial bacteria found in yogurt. And they're in more and more supplements too. Consumer reports tested 27 different yogurts and supplements to see how much friendly bacteria they contain.

Sales of yogurt have reached an all time high, $2.87 billion last year.

Another plus, Yogurt contains live bacteria. which may help with digestive problems, rev up your immune system, and possibly provide other health benefits. Consumer reports says yogurt isn't the only way people get beneficial bacteria. Now there are all kinds of supplements called probiotics that also contain live bacteria.

Consumer reports hired two independent labs to test yogurt and yogurt drinks as well as 18 probiotic supplements. Some list the amount of probiotic organisms at the time of manufacture.

Consumer Reports tested supplements to see how much they have at the time you buy them.

Several of the probiotic products that we tested were well below the level stated on the bottle at the time of manufacture. And several of the probiotics were well below the one billion level.

As for the yogurts, they don't list cfu's on their labels, but testers found all 9 had at least 10 billion, far more than most of the supplements.

So along with protein and calcium, beneficial bacteria could be one more reason to by yogurt.

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