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Healthy Definition - Probiotics

Strawberry Frozen Yogurt
Strawberry Frozen Yogurt
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Good source of fiber! No Trans Fats! Omega-3 Fatty Acids! Protein! Live cultures! Antioxidants!

As the American culture continues to move towards being more health conscious, healthy labels are popping up everywhere. They are brightly colored and seem to be featured front and center on almost every product in the local grocery store. Frankly, they have become so plentiful that the very abundance can be a bit daunting to the senses and many of the health conscious may feel pressured into purchasing as many of those labeled products as possible.

However, how many health conscious shoppers actually know what those healthy labels mean other than "it's good for you?" Before you put that health food in your mouth, make sure you know what it's going to do to your body and that it's worth the financial investment.

One particular label that has been gaining prominence lately is probiotics. It can be seen on yogurt containers, smoothie cups, and even proudly displayed on the outside of frozen yogurt stores. With all of the attention probiotics have been getting lately, maybe there exists some truth to the health hype.

Most people assume that probiotics are healthful to consume but what are you really eating when you enjoy a tasty treat from Yoforia?

Probiotics are literally live organisms that you ingest which are supposed to be beneficial to the health of the host organism, also known as you. Admittedly, that description hardly sounds like a healthy dream come true. In reality, probiotics are "good" bacteria, which help fight the "bad" bacteria and are believed to aid in digestion. They are similar to the "good" bacteria that already reside in your stomach and could be seen as back up for those organisms already helping your digestive system function at optimal levels. While probiotics might not be necessary for overall good healthy, they can be beneficial.

In addition to aiding in proper and effective digestion, probiotics have been linked to treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), prevention of yeast infections, reduction in bladder cancer risk, treatment of eczema, and reduction in the severity of cold and flu. In other words, probiotics might not be a necessity but it's not going to hurt you either and it may even help you.

While you probably do not need to go out of your way to work more probiotics into your daily food intake, if you're already going to purchase the yogurt, then opt for the one with live cultures. You might as well get as much healthful bang for your buck!

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