Is Yogurt the Best Probiotic Food?

Dr. Brett Berner
6 min readApr 27, 2022

Is eating yogurt the best way to provide your body with probiotics?

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Not really. You see, the bacteria in yogurt aren’t alive. They get killed in the stomach.

Plus, there are limited strains of microbes in yogurt. Sometimes there are just two or three strains of microbes, and if you’re lucky, you might get up to five or six strains.

This article will explain why yogurt may not be the best source of probiotics and give you five better foods.

What does CFU mean in a probiotic?

The way that they rate these microbes is by a unit called CFU. CFU is an acronym for colony-forming units. Regular yogurt usually has about 3.6 CFUs, but there’s a small problem. Most yogurt in the stores is pasteurized. These microbes cannot survive the heat. So, you’re consuming dead bacteria with lactose (sugar). Remember, many people are lactose intolerant, so they have digestive issues.

There are also casein allergies. Casein is the protein in milk. Many people are sensitive to casein as well. Another problem would be the amount of added sugar present in yogurt.

Of course, there are some yogurts out there that are way better than others –Bulgarian yogurt is a good example. But the conventional yogurts won’t give you the adequate number of probiotics that your body needs.

We’ll see other probiotic foods that you can rely on apart from yogurt. Let us know in the comments below if you have ever tried any of them.

1. Kefir

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Kefir is a fermented probiotic milk drink. Kefir is produced by adding kefir grains to goat or cow milk.

Note that kefir grains are not cereal grains. Instead, they are cultures of yeast and lactic acid bacteria that resemble cauliflower.

Kefir is derived from “keyif,” which means feeling good after eating (1).

Studies have associated kefir with many health benefits. For example, kefir may improve bone health, protect against infections, and help resolve some digestive problems…



Dr. Brett Berner

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