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is probiotics in all yogurts?

I'm just wondering since yogurts have "live active cultures"... and there's a new market for "probiotic" items.... Do all yogurts have these "probiotics" in them?

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Probiotics are live microorganisms that preliminary research suggests might have a useful effect on your health. Your body’s digestive system already contains hundreds of different types of bacteria beneficial and necessary for the digestion process. Probiotics are specific bacteria that are thought to help regulate the digestive system by managing certain gastrointestinal conditions like diarrhea, constipation, or inflammatory bowel disease.

Not all yogurts contain probiotics, however. To ensure that the specific brand of yogurt that you’re looking to purchase contains probiotics, make sure that the label says that it contains “live active cultures”. You can also read the ingredient list to determine which bacteria specifically, since different types of bacteria are thought to promote different health benefits. For example, the probiotic bacterium specifically promoted by Dannon Activia yogurt is bifidus regularis which, among other claims, is suggested to help alleviate constipation to keep you regular.

It’s important to keep in mind that In order to continually see any of these suggested health benefits that you would need to regularly consume these products.

Yogurt, with or without probiotics, can provide many great health benefits. Check out this WebMD article for more information:

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