The dairy aisle is crammed with all kinds of yogurt. Many claim they contain "probiotics," but do you know what those are?
One said, "Not really."
Another told us, "No clue. Do you have a clue?" "No."
Dr. John Santa explains, Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that can ease digestive problems, and may lower your cholesterol and in some cases can strengthen your immune system."
Is there a difference between yogurts that claim to contain "probiotics" and those that don't?
To find out, Consumer Reports sent samples of strawberry yogurts to an outside lab. The tests included the leading brands Dannon, Yoplait, and Stonyfield.
Linda Greene with Consumer Reports found, "It turns out that all the yogurts we tested, whether they were labeled probiotic or not, had high levels of bacteria that were good for you."
However, there were differences when it came to nutrition and taste. The Greek yogurts Consumer Reports tested had more protein, and they were thicker and creamier.
But with any yogurt, look at the label for total sugar content.
Linda says, "Several products we looked at contained about 25 grams of sugar per serving. That's equal to about six teaspoons of sugar!"
Consumer Reports also had its trained taste testers try the yogurts. All rated at least good, and two were excellent for taste.
Erin Gudeaux with Consumer Reports says, "They were thick, creamy, and had more real fruit flavors."
Both are Greek yogurts - Fage Total 2% and Chobani Low-Fat.
So eating healthy can taste delicious.
If you don't like yogurt, there are supplements that contain probiotics.
Consumer Reports tested four and found Culturelle Digestive had the highest levels of probiotics.
But be aware if you have a compromised immune system or a major underlying illness, you should consult with your doctor before taking probiotics.
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