Can you get probiotics from yogurt?


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Most yogurts are a good source of probiotics. Yogurts that provide probiotics say "live and active cultures" or "contains active cultures" on the label. If the label says "made with active cultures," it may have been heat-treated after fermentation, which kills off the active cultures.

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Heat-treating yogurt after fermentation gives yogurt a longer shelf life, but it destroys the health benefits provided by probiotics. The FDA requires that such yogurts be labeled "heat-treated after culturing." Probiotics are living cultures of bacteria and yeast that help keep the normal flora of the digestive track healthy and functioning. There is also evidence that they may benefit patients with conditions including irritable bowel syndrome, infectious diarrhea and eczema.

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