Thanks to Stefan’s health journey, we’ve been tight to probiotics for a while now. And now more than ever, a lot of people are learning how our guts rule our body, and how beneficial probiotics can be. Which is great…except there’s still a giant misunderstanding. And it rhymes with smogurt.
“Don’t I get probiotics from my yogurt?”
The short answer? Yes. A tiny bit. The longer answer, which we’re about to get into, is that yogurt isn’t a great source of probiotics. It’s actually a pretty terrible one, because it tricks you into thinking you’re getting your proBs while possibly making your gut suffer more.
Yogurt doesn’t contain enough probiotics to make a difference.
First off, not all yogurts are probiotic. Most yogurt is just, well, yogurt. But even some of the ones that claim to be, don’t really measure up. Take the “leading brand” of probiotic yogurt, for example. Clinical trials have shown that you’d have to eat up to 25 servings to get the benefits of its probiotic strain, which is shown to reduce bloating, gas and improve stool consistency. That’s a sh*tload of yogurt.
Meanwhile, you’re consuming extra sugar.
If you’ve ever tried shopping for a sugar-free yogurt, you know how difficult it is. Even Greek yogurt, which most people think of as healthier than regular yogurt, is just as bad. Yes, some of that sugar is naturally occurring in lactose itself. But if you’re going for any kind of flavor, like fruit or honey, the grams of sugar start to spike.
And potentially reversing the effects of probiotics.
Most people take probiotics to help regulate their gut: reduce bloating, streamline healthy poops, and get that “second brain” in good working order. Yogurt, on the other hand, can mess with your digestive system if it’s not fond of dairy. The side effects: bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhea, and, in some instances, acne. Oh, and you’re gonna need 24 more cups to break even.
For the record, we don’t totally hate yogurt. We’re not total monsters. We dig it plain, preferably with granola. But the bottom line is that if you’re filling up on yogurt in the name of probiotics, you’re fooling yourself — and consuming extra sugar and dairy in the process.
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