Probiotic yogurt is simply yogurt that contains live and active cultures such as beneficial bacteria. All yogurts contain at least two active cultures, but probiotic yogurt contains a third strain of beneficial bacteria called L. acidophilus that your basic yogurt does not have.
Yogurt cultures are said to offer a variety of benefits to promote better health and even combat the aging process. Lactobacillus acidophilus yogurt offers even more healthy benefits than regular yogurt due to the active strain of beneficial bacteria that is included.
Yogurt with probiotics such as lactobacillus acidophilus yogurt offer health benefits that include better digestion, increased energy, improved immunity, decreased cholesterol, infection prevention, fighting cancer causing agents and even aid in prevention and relief of disorders like asthma, allergies, constipation and irritable bowel syndrome.
Probiotic yogurt promotes and maximizes the digestion process allowing nutrients to be more easily absorbed. Having the ability to better digest foods and absorb nutrients will increase energy levels in our body. The intestines are designed to recognize food as either nutrient or waste and will break the food down to absorb the nutrients in order to create energy. Our bodies then use that energy to dispose of waste, fight infection, and for overall function. There are times when food is not broken down correctly and our system uses unnecessary energy to fight off nutrients that it mistakenly believes to be waste and bad bacteria. This creates what is known as a hyper active immune system at which point the body is more susceptible to autoimmune diseases and allergies.
Yogurt probiotics are an essential part of a healthy digestive system. The beneficial bacteria that are loaded into the intestines through consuming lactobacillus acidophilus yogurt help to fight off harmful bacteria and in turn creates a stronger immune system to better defend against pathogens like E. coli and even intestinal parasites.
Yogurt cultures are created during when the fermentation process of milk occurs. The fermentation of the milks natural sugars (lactose) produces lactic acid which when reacted with milks protein offers the texture and unique taste that we all recognize in probiotic yogurt. These yogurt cultures contain calcium, protein, vitamin B6, B12 and riboflavin.The Adobe Flash Player is required for video playback.
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One of the amazing benefits that yogurt offers is the ability to digest it even for those who are lactose intolerant. Due to the milks sugars (lactose) being altered into lactic acids during the fermentation process the yogurt can be digested without issue for people who suffer from lactose intolerance.
Yogurt cultures are sometimes used to aid in the relief and prevention of diarrhea for many gastrointestinal reasons as well as diarrhea due to antibiotics.
Women’s health relies greatly on the presence of beneficial bacteria and yeasts. Yogurt with probiotics help to keep the vaginal flora stable and pH balanced in order to fight off vulvovaginal candidiasis and even UTI’s (Urinary Tract Infections).Is Greek Yogurt Better Than American Yogurt?
Both American and Greek yogurts are extremely beneficial to your health. The main difference between Greek yogurt and American probiotic yogurt is that Greek offers more saturated fats and more than double the protein that American yogurt offers. They both offer an abundance of probiotics, but Greek yogurt offers a slightly larger amount due to its concentration levels. If you add a combination of both types of yogurt to your diet each day you will increase your health benefits. One important thing to consider when choosing what yogurt to purchase is the amount and type of sweetener used. Overly sweet yogurts with heavily processed sugars like high fructose corn syrup (HFC) and artificial sweeteners can off set the health benefits that come from the active cultures. Of course, plain yogurt is often too bitter for the average palette, therefore we recommend either a mix of plain yogurt with your favorite flavor or adding your own “natural” sweetener like raw sugar or honey.
Lactobacillus acidophilus yogurt contains the additive bacteria that offer the most benefit for digestion, weight control, energy boost and prevention and relief from many ailments. This additive is most known for its ability to fight and prevent yeast infections in women and unless you are culturing your probiotic yogurt at home, make sure that the brand you purchase at your local market has added strains beyond the typical two found in most yogurt. These brands are typically labeled “probiotic yogurt” or with the term “active cultures added”.