Yogurt recommendations please

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HabsHockeyFan
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   Posted 9/13/2007 10:04 AM (GMT -7)   
I am trying to eat more yogurt.  It used to be easy to tell which yogurt to buy becuase it either said fruit on the bottom or there was no whole fruit.  I am trying to find a yogurt without the whole fruit so I can get strawberry or strawberry/banana.  I don't like most other flavors.  So far the only one I found is Yoplait Whips---but the texture is funny to me.
 
What kind do you like???  Any good ideas.
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Sad Mom!
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   Posted 9/13/2007 10:17 AM (GMT -7)   
I put my son on the Activia yougurt, because it also has probiotics in it. I buy the fat free one whenever possible. Of course my son takes also the probiotics recommended by pb4 (Reuteri prima.) from way of life but I figure a little extra might be good and if you take probiotics why not have it in your yogurt too.

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   Posted 9/13/2007 10:41 AM (GMT -7)   
all yogurt has probiotics in it but maybe some have more than others. I dont care for regular yogurt so I usually get frozen yogurt with the active cultures in it. I have oral allergy syndrome which with most fruits and veggies I go into anaphalactic shock, the list of fruits I can have is shorter than what I cant. This is why I go for frozen yogurt, I use tyo love starwberry banana smoothies made with yogurt but I am allergic to strawberries now as well as many other fruits :(
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queeniefosho
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   Posted 9/13/2007 11:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Is Activa good for us? THe probiotics are good bacteria for our gi tracts, correct?

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   Posted 9/13/2007 12:06 PM (GMT -7)   

Organic cottage cheese also contains active cultures.  I get Horizon brand.  The flavor is a little different from conventional cottage cheese, but not in a bad way.

What if you were to get vanilla yogurt (not plain- yuck!) and add banana slices?  I think Kroger's store brand yogurt has a bananas foster flavor, but I've never tried it.  I don't know of any strawberry yogurts, other than Whips, that don't have chunks of strawberry in them.

I picked up some Blue Bunny Light No Sugar Added Superfruit yogurt the other week, and that's been pretty good.  The blackberry/lingonberry flavor had seeds, so I would skip that.  But everything else has had little flecks of fruit, but not chunks.


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   Posted 9/13/2007 12:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Doesn't the sugar and other additives in flavored yoghurts sort of negate the effect of the probiotics? I use liberty plain organic yoghurt and eat it with fresh bananas and other fruit. Sometimes if I can't tolerate the fruit I will sweeten with a bit of honey.
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   Posted 9/13/2007 12:22 PM (GMT -7)   
The Activia yogurt gave me HORRIBLE D! The more I ate it the more sick I got. Now I know why they say it will "regulate" your digestive system. Which I guess just means MAKE you go to the bathroom, I didn't need more of that. Great if your constipated!

My Aunt also experienced the same thing when eating it (she doesn't have Crohn's, but has bile problems from no gallbladder).

Regular other brand yogurt doesn't do that to me like the Activia did. I'd never buy that again!
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Skjura
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   Posted 9/13/2007 12:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Like belleenstein said: "Doesn't the sugar and other additives in flavored yoghurts sort of negate the effect of the probiotics?"

So do I think. Yoghurts containing sugar is important to avoid. I am making my own yoghurt, with milk which I bring to almost a boil, and cool it down to luke warm, mix in a sugarfree yoghurt with Lactobacillus acidophilus and other probiotics, and keep it luke warm for 24 hours. Then cool it down, and so I have a litre of fresh, sugarfree, fermented yoghurt with no lactose and a lot of probiotics in. I mix this with frosen blueberries (sugarfree) or other sugarfree berries sometimes also with some bananas or other fresh fruit. Yummiiiiiie. Don't need sugar then. And if I do sometimes: honey is a nice sweetener.

It's also important to buy some probiotics to just blend with water or juice.....to drink regularly.

Look for yoghurts containing: Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, bifidobacterium lactis. Some yoghurts says it contains LGG. These I mentioned are LGG bacterias.
But try to avoid the prosessed sugar in ALL food.

If you want to find out more about yoghurt making:
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HabsHockeyFan
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   Posted 9/13/2007 1:06 PM (GMT -7)   

Jen77...yup Activia was nasty to me too.  And it is more expensive and a smaller portion.  So I took that one off the list pretty quickly.

As for the no sugar theory guys....well I won't bother with eating it if it is sugar free and plain or vanilla.  I wanted it as a treat that would also not be too harsh on me.  Lose the sugar and the flavors and I might as well stick with dry toast.  My intention was more to find something else to eat that was tame than to get probiotics or "health care" from it.

Let me know if anyone has else has tried brands other than Yoplait that had little solid fruit.

Thanks guys


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Sad Mom!
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   Posted 9/13/2007 1:17 PM (GMT -7)   
I guess that is the way this disease goes, it seems to be doing wonder for my son. (cross my fingers). Anyhow I am sorry to hear that it made it worse for some of you. However, I am sure that a lot of others have done well on it. I am just wondering maybe the fat free one is better, since that is the one I mainly buy? Anyhow for anyone who wants to know a little more about it or try it for themselves and see, here is a link to their website and they are discussing their probiotics being different from other companies, then again see for yourselves and decide if this is right for you or not. If the links does not work, try copying and pasting it.

http://www.activia.ca/en/

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   Posted 9/13/2007 1:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm one of the ones the Activia should've helped (Chronic severe C). It felt like my innards were twisting in knots. Tasted good, but so not worth the pain I endured.

Since I eat plain organic yogurt, I'm no help. Greek yogurt is really good -- add a bit of honey to it and yummy!
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Jen77
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   Posted 9/13/2007 1:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow, glad to see I wasn't the only one Activia did that to. At first I thought I was going in to a flare! All that pain and D! Then it hit me! I wondered if they just straight dropped some laxatives in to that stuff. But if it hurts those of you with C too!? Yikes! Never buy that stuff again! LOL
~Jennifer
 
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FitzyK23
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   Posted 9/13/2007 6:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Im the odd one. I love activa and it really helps my stomach. I usually have D and have had much more formed stools since I started using it. To each thier own eh?
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Lisa430
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   Posted 9/13/2007 7:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I have found that Stoneyfield Farm Fat Free French Vanilla is fairly low on sugar, has all of the probiotic bacteria that the Activa has, comes in a 6oz, vs 3-4 oz container so is cheaper and because it doesn't't have any fruit in it, does not bother my stomach at all. Sometimes, I will put a tiny amount of Hershey's chocolate syrup in it and it is yummy without bothering my stomach.

Celey
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   Posted 9/13/2007 7:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't have a problem with the Activia yogurt, either... It doesn't hurt me... but it doesn't really help that much, either... It does taste good, though... and with the way it is, sometimes... seems like I can't eat hardly anything... so I'm pretty much glad to be able to eat anything that doesn't hurt me... :)
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njmom
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   Posted 9/13/2007 8:56 PM (GMT -7)   
We bought the yogurt maker at www.lucyskitchen.com and now make the yogurt that is aged 24 hours, which gets rid of all the lactose and also makes the yogurt many times stronger than commercial yogurt. The yogurt culture we use has acidophilus.
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