Active Bacterial Cultures & Probiotics
Two of the most common friendly bacteria added to dairy products are Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria. Within each group, there are different species (for example, Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium bifidus), and within each species, different strains (or varieties). Health Canada has identified the claims for probiotics and eligible species for these claims. The generic claims for probiotics are as follows:
- Probiotic that naturally forms part of the gut flora
- Provides live micro-organisms that naturally form part of the gut flora
- Probiotic that contributes to healthy gut flora
- Provides live microorganisms that contribute to health gut flora
Here are some suggestions about times when your body can benefit from the consumption of active bacterial cultures even more:
- Planning a vacation? Some countries have unsafe food and water supplies. Leading up to a trip, and upon return eat foods containing probiotics. Probiotic contributes to a healthy gut flora.
- Diarrhea flushes intestinal microorganisms out of the gastrointestinal tract, leaving the body vulnerable to opportunistic infections.