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Are there Activia yogurt side effects?

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Activia yogurt side effects are not common in most people, but some consumers do experience issues such as abdominal discomfort, bloating, short bowel syndrome, gas, sugar excess and a possible increased cancer risk. Activia yogurt is a brand of yogurt made by Dannon Inc. and has been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration when it comes to the safety of the product to ingest.

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Abdominal discomfort can occur with Activia yogurt because it does contain healthy bacteria known as Bifidus Regularis, which is a proprietary probiotic, as well as other probiotic bacteria. In some people, these probiotics can cause stomach discomfort. Some people also will experience stomach bloat after consuming Activia yogurt or may find that they have more gas than usual due to the probiotics present in the product.

For individuals with short bowel syndrome, it is recommended that probiotic items are not consumed; Activia yogurt can cause problems in these people. Activia yogurt also has added sugars like fructose, which can lead to obesity if too much is consumed. It also may provide an increased cancer risk since the main ingredient in the yogurt is milk. A large daily milk intake has been shown to contribute to ovarian and prostate cancers.

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