How should I choose products with probiotics?

Ms. Ashley Koff, RD
Nutrition & Dietetics
Some companies are making different versions of foods that naturally contain probiotics. Many of these are worth exploring, especially if dietary preferences or intolerances restrict certain foods (such as dairy). But also be a knowledgeable consumer and be wary of marketing or food trends. For example, of the numerous yogurts being marketed for their probiotics, many contain higher than necessary (and higher than healthy) amounts of added sugar in the name of getting in probiotics. Yogurt comes from milk so it will naturally have milk sugar, but it doesn't need added sugar. Find out how many probiotics are in these specially created probiotic yogurts (many don't say on the label) as opposed to a regular yogurt as opposed to a frozen yogurt marketed for its probiotic content. Per serving, most of them are similar, so make your choice based on what your palate desires and skip the sugar-coated probiotic unless you were going for something sugar-coated anyway!

For those seeking to address health issues impacted by bacteria imbalance, a probiotic supplement will likely have the best therapeutic benefit in addition to dietary modifications. Supplements can guarantee that one gets a probiotic dosage sufficient to address symptoms. The necessary quantity ranges with the type and severity of the health issue.
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