Frequently Asked Questions About Activia Probiotics

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Activia?

Dannon® Activia®is a yogurt brand that contains the probiotic culture Bifidobacterium animalis lactis DN-173 010/CNCM I-2494. Activia is a probiotic yogurt that may help reduce the frequency of minor digestive discomfort when consumed twice a day for two weeks as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle. Minor digestive discomfort includes bloating, gas, abdominal discomfort, and rumbling.

Is Activia good for you?

Activia products are suitable for the whole family and can be included as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.

Does Activia work?

Several probiotics have been shown to provide a benefit when consumed in yogurt. We chose our exclusive probiotic strain for its remarkable ability to survive in yogurt products. Activia's exclusive probiotic has also been studied and shown to survive passage through the entire gastrointestinal tract. Two double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled studies show that Activia may help reduce the frequency of minor digestive discomfort when consumed twice a day for two weeks as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle. Minor digestive discomfort includes bloating, gas, abdominal discomfort, and rumbling.

How is Activia probiotic yogurt different than the other yogurts?

All yogurts are made with Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus, but most yogurts do not contain probiotics. Probiotics are live friendly bacteria that have been scientifically studied and when consumed in sufficient amounts provide a health benefit beyond basic nutrition. Activia yogurts contain Lactobacillus bulgaricus, Streptococcus thermophilus, Lactococcus lactis AND our probiotic culture, Bifidobacterium lactis DN 173 010/CNCM I-2494.

Why does Activia need "billions of its exclusive probiotic?"

Since Activia was launched in 2006 it has contained billions of our exclusive probiotic in every cup. Activia yogurt's exclusive probiotic culture was specifically selected because of its ability to survive passage through the digestive system and reach the large intestine in sufficient amounts. Two double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled studies show that Activia may help reduce the frequency of minor digestive discomfort when consumed twice a day for two weeks as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle. Minor digestive discomfort includes bloating, gas, abdominal discomfort, and rumbling.

Are there other products similar to Activia on the Market?

Activia products from Dannon are the only yogurt products in the United States with their unique formulation that includes a probiotic culture called Bifidobacterium animalis lactis DN-173 010/CNCM I-2494. Activia may help reduce the frequency of minor digestive discomfort when consumed twice a day for two weeks as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle. Minor digestive discomfort includes bloating, gas, abdominal discomfort, and rumbling.

What is Probiotic Yogurt?

Probiotic yogurt has live and active cultures AND probiotic strains added to its formulation. Activia is a probiotic yogurt that may help reduce the frequency of minor digestive discomfort when consumed twice a day for two weeks as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle. Minor digestive discomfort includes bloating, gas, abdominal discomfort, and rumbling.

Do all yogurts contain probiotics?

While all yogurts have live and active cultures, not all yogurts have probiotic strains that provide specific health benefits such as supporting gut health and contributing to the maintenance of a balanced gut microbiota. Activia contains billions of the probiotic culture Bifidobacterium animalis lactis DN-173 010/CNCM I-2494, which has been shown to survive passage through the gastrointestinal tract in sufficient amounts. Activia is a probiotic yogurt that may help reduce the frequency of minor digestive discomfort when consumed twice a day for two weeks as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle. Minor digestive discomfort includes bloating, gas, abdominal discomfort, and rumbling.

Is Yogurt a Probiotic?

Yogurt can contain probiotics and thus, be a probiotic yogurt if probiotics strains are added. While many yogurts have live and active cultures, not all have probiotic strains that provide specific health benefits such as supporting gut health and contributing to the maintenance of a balanced gut microbiota. Activia contains billions of the probiotic culture Bifidobacterium animalis lactis DN-173 010/CNCM I-2494, which has been shown to survive passage through the gastrointestinal tract in sufficient amounts. Activia is a probiotic yogurt that may help reduce the frequency of minor digestive discomfort when consumed twice a day for two weeks as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle. Minor digestive discomfort includes bloating, gas, abdominal discomfort, and rumbling.

Is it better to consume probiotics through pills or by eating foods with probiotics?

There are several reasons why probiotic foods are the preferred choice for getting probiotic bacteria over pills. Consuming probiotics through dairy foods allows the stomach acids to be buffered and increases the chance that the probiotics will survive and make it to the intestine. Probiotic supplements in the form of pills don’t usually provide nutrients that the cultures found in probiotic foods like yogurt produce during fermentation. Finally, fermented dairy products, like yogurt, are also a source of nutrients that are critical for good health such as calcium, protein, and potassium.

Does yogurt contain good probiotics?

Daily consumption of probiotic foods, such as certain yogurt and cultured dairy drinks containing probiotics, may be good for you in one of the following ways:

They may help support your digestive system by providing a regular source of "friendly" bacteria for the intestinal tract.1

They may help to maintain the balance of bacteria in the intestinal tract.2

1.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1743098/pdf/v080p00516.pdf

2.http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/80/2/245.long



Is yogurt a probiotic food?

Yogurt is not always a probiotic food. While many yogurts contain live and active cultures, not all cultures are probiotics. Some cultures may sound similar, but they can be very different. Activia is a probiotic food because it contains the probiotic culture Bifidobacterium animalis lactis DN-173 010/CNCM I-2494. It is important to look for the species and strains of probiotics used in each product. Some of the most common species of probiotics to look for are:

Lactobacillus (examples: L. plantarum, L. casei, L. reuteri, L. acidophilius)

Bifidobacterium (examples: B. bifidum, B. lactis, B. animalis, B. longum)



What does probiotic mean in “probiotic yogurt”?

It means that specific probiotic bacteria are added to the yogurt. The benefits of probiotics are strain-specific so, depending on the bacteria, the product would provide a specific benefit.

How long will it take for me to begin to feel the benefits of consuming Activia?

Studies show that these beneficial effects will begin after approximately two weeks of eating Activia, when two containers are eaten daily as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.

Do I need to continue consuming Activia after two weeks?

Bifidobacterium animalis lactis DN-173 010/CNCM I-2494 does not stay in the colon and is eliminated in the stools along with other bacteria after 2-3 weeks once you stop eating it. We therefore recommend consuming Activia each day, as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.

Does Activia work if I consume only one serving a day?

Activia may help reduce the frequency of minor digestive discomfort when consumed twice a day for two weeks as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle. Minor digestive discomfort includes bloating, gas, abdominal discomfort, and rumbling.

Is there a benefit to consume more than one serving of Activia per day?

You need to eat at least two containers of Activia products each day for two weeks, as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle to enjoy the benefit, and continue to consume the product on a daily basis in order to continue to enjoy the benefit.

Do Activia products have side effects?

There have been no adverse effects or side effects reported in the studies we have done on Activia when 1 to 3 containers are eaten per day as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle. However, the Activia benefit is associated with regular consumption and ceases 2-3 weeks after discontinuation of consumption. If you are not happy with the impact on your system, the effect will end after you stop eating the product.

Are Activia Products Kosher?

Activia products are kosher-certified by Rabbi David I. Sheinkopf.

Why are Activia products not OU Kosher-certified?

Activia products are not OU kosher-certified because some flavors contain gelatin. However, the gelatin we use is kosher gelatin and the product is certified kosher by Rabbi David I. Sheinkopf.

Where can I learn more about the company that makes Activia?

To learn more, please visit www.dannon.com/find-out-more.

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Activia® may help reduce the frequency of minor digestive discomfort. Consume twice a day for two weeks as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle. Minor digestive discomfort includes bloating, gas, abdominal discomfort & rumbling.

**At least 40% less sugar than our regular Activia Greek nonfat yogurt

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