Yogurt vs probiotic yogurt - is there a difference?
Yogurt is often a healthy choice, however not all yogurts are created equal. The fact is that there is a difference between a yogurt and a probiotic yogurt and the difference lies in the type of bacteria.
The process of turning milk into yogurt requires bacteria. These bacteria are usually Streptococcus thermophilus and Lactobacillus bulgaricus and are referred to as starter cultures or fermentation cultures. The starter cultures can be considered as the technical bacteria as they turn the lactose in the milk into lactic acid and provide texture and unique taste to the product. Starter culture bacteria are present in all yogurts.
Probiotic yogurt includes more!
Probiotics are specific bacteria that have proven health benefits when consumed in adequate amounts. When considering probiotic yogurt it is important that this amount of specific bacteria is present in the product at the end of shelf life.
Whilst both a yogurt and a probiotic yogurt contain starter cultures, only the probiotic yogurt has the addition of the bacteria with specific health benefits. However, to add to the confusion some products may claim to include probiotics, even when the documentation of health benefits is scarce or the amount of bacteria is not present in the product at sufficiently high levels. The consumer therefore needs to look for products with information about the specific probiotic strain and the cell count present. This information can be found on the label or on the manufacturer’s homepage.
Look for the LGG® logo or the LGG® wordmark
In the case of probiotic yogurt containing the LGG® strain, it can easily be identified by the LGG® logo or the LGG® wordmark used on the product packaging. Here you can be assured that your probiotic yogurt includes the world’s most documented probiotic strain.