Capsules vs Yogurts

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How do probiotic yogurts measure up against probiotic capsules?

Yogurt probiotics were the original source of probiotics to be studied scientifically. It was the finding that the probiotics within yogurt were associated with improved digestive function, nutrient uptake, and weight loss which led to the commercialization of probiotic yogurts and supplements we see today. But which one is more effective?

The short answer: capsules

Here’s why:

Although some yogurts do contain probiotics, the United States does not require yogurt to contain any live cultures. In fact, even if a yogurt claims to contain probiotics there is zero regulation on the minimum amount of probiotics which that product has to contain. For example, a yogurt could market itself as being a ‘source of probiotics’ even if it has a single culture of a single strain in it.

Even if a specific number is given, most companies that give a number report the viable cell count at the date of manufacture, a number probably much higher than existing at the moment of consumption. This is because the probiotics of yogurt are further limited by the associated shelf life and cold storage needs of yogurt. Also, many individuals might find it difficult to consume a sufficient amount of yogurt to meet your digestive tract’s probiotic needs – especially while trying to meet their caloric needs.

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