Activia Yogurt by Dannon?

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rgrwfe
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   Posted 7/4/2006 2:40 AM (GMT -7)   
  I read on here a little while ago where someone said they knew someone else that had good results from eating Activia Yogurt.  I have never heard of it before since I currently live in a time warp in Italy.  I actually found the product in a local supermarket, of course with all the label info in Italian, so I read about it on their website.  Can anybody please tell me of any experiences with using this product?
  I read on their website that the probiotics in the yogurt increased intestinal transit time which, after eating every day for 2 weeks, helped with regularity.  My concern is with diarrhea as it was not mentioned on the website.  Is this a product only meant to help people with constipation, or does it work like fiber supplements where it really regulates everybody?
  Sorry to ask so many questions, but like I have said before, most all the yogurt available to me are products from Italy or Germany, so I can't read a darn thing!  I knew I could find info about Dannon on the internet, but I seriously doubt I can get info on products called Lunebest or Stuffer!
  Thanks, rgrwfe

pb4
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   Posted 7/4/2006 11:14 AM (GMT -7)   
This yogurt is suppose to be more beneficial then your average yogurt, with having add acidophilus (or something) more strains of probiotics...however I read in my CCFC hournal that although yogurts can be helpful they don't get past the stomach. I know with other types of probiotic caps or powder (especially the ones that guarantee intestinal release) are more beneficial for IBDers and I've heard that it's beneficial for IBSers as well.

One affordable probiotic that I take which does have guaranteed intestinal release is, primadophilus rueteri made by natures way. Eating yogurt ontop of taking a good probiotic might be a good combo but not everyone can tolerate yogurt because of it being a dairy product and containing casein (not because it interferes with lactose intolerance, because yogurt is about the only safe thing for those with lactose intolerance), some peeps are allergic to casein and have the same symptoms as lactose intolerance though.

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Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 7/4/2006 2:19 PM (GMT -7)   
I must be allergic to the caseins then as well as the lactose as the Activia made me much worse and I gave it all away as I had bought quite a few.

rgrwfe
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   Posted 7/5/2006 2:00 AM (GMT -7)   
pb4,
Thanks for the help, but I don't exactly have a Walgreen's right around the corner, so obtaining any other probiotic right now is practically out of the question unless prescribed. Once I get back to the states, then I can rely on things like that, but I just can't now. My resources are very limited, and I can tolerate yogurt with no problems.
As far as the claims from Dannon about the yogurt go, they say they have the only yogurt in the world that has the beneficial bacteria to stay alive in the body all the way through to the colon, which is why it's such a big deal. I was just hoping that any diarrhea sufferers on here had some experience with this product & wondered how it did for them....worse or better?
I will keep your advice in mind for when I finally get back to the states.
Thanks, rgrwfe

Keriamon
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   Posted 7/5/2006 9:04 AM (GMT -7)   
I got help with eating just regular organic yogurt last summer. The probiotics will help some (you get less of them than with pills because there's less to start with and, as pb4 said, digestion really takes it's toll--but that's how you get any bacteria in your guts, by eating stuff with bacteria on it, especially fruits and vegetables), but I think what helped me the most was the calcium in the yogurt. That really helped my diarrhea and got rid of my painful cramps. Try picking up some local yogurt or imported Greek stuff; I hear it's a lot better than what we have over here anyways.

7Lil
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   Posted 7/5/2006 10:19 AM (GMT -7)   
I eat Activia everyday and I love it. It really helps keep me regular. I'm IBS-A so it has really helped my C and my D. It isn't too expensive so it is worth a shot for at least the 2 weeks.
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LondonGirl22
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   Posted 7/5/2006 12:03 PM (GMT -7)   
I have muller vitality yoghurts with pre and probiotics. They work pretty good
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carell
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   Posted 7/5/2006 4:37 PM (GMT -7)   

I have also heard that this yogurt is supposed to be good, but like Keriamon, I stick to organic yogurt because it has no aspartame- and I have enough trouble staying away from diet soda, so I have cut most of it out of other parts of my diet.  I'd be very willing to try it though, esp. if it doesn't have the aspartame in it.  Good luck to you all.   

PS- 7lil- if you don't mind my asking, what is IBS-A? 


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   Posted 7/5/2006 6:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Carell,
IBS-A = Alternating
I have both C (constipation) and D (diarrhea). It's rough because when you're D you don't want to take anything that will make the C worse, and then when you're C you don't want to take anthing that will kick start the D.
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carell
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   Posted 7/5/2006 7:18 PM (GMT -7)   
HI 7lil- Thanks for the answer.  I understand. I myself go back and forth and know the dilema of 'what to take?' what to eat? etc.  No fun.  Have a good night.

rgrwfe
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   Posted 7/6/2006 1:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for all the help with the yogurt. Thank goodness I don't even like the taste of aspartame, so I always look for a brand without it (if the darn label is in English). Oh, and Keriamon - I did see some Greek yogurt in the Italian supermarket the other day, I'll have to get some - thanks for the tips!
rgrwfe

Keriamon
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   Posted 7/6/2006 8:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Non-flavored yogurts should not be sugared in any way. I get Stoneyfield "plain" yogurt and then have to add sugar to it (but at least I can pick real, fake or honey as I see fit). If you're really good, you eat it without sugar, but it's so tart I can't, lol. I like to pick up some sweetened granola to put in mine; it makes it sweet enough and I like the crunch.

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   Posted 7/7/2006 8:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I am a freak for brown cow yogurt. all organic, and if you can use the calories, their cream top yogurts are fabulous! when I was recently very ill I lived on plain cream top and stirred in peanut butter, honey, sliced banana, and flax oil. yp
 
 
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Fr. Tom
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   Posted 7/8/2006 8:39 AM (GMT -7)   
I would avoid any of the Dannon yoghurt products, They contain fructose, stablizers, and most likely milk from BST treated cows.
I would suggest an organic yoghurt which may be availnble in Italy at nature shops. Also there is the option of making your own, using organic milk with a culture.
 
What you may be ablke to find in Italy is a living Kefir culture. They are world wide and passed on from person to person as sort of an underground. The cultures have the appearence of tapioca, and the original strains come from the Caucasus mountains in Georgia. As long as they are kept from excess heat they are imortal. One small lump will ferment a gallon of cow or goat milk.
When not in use the culture will last indefinately in milk kept in the fridge. During this time they continue to grow at a slow rate. The best kefier is from slow aged from the fridge.
 
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Keriamon
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   Posted 7/10/2006 7:37 AM (GMT -7)   
I hadn't thought of peanut butter in yogurt. I might have to try that. I do love a peanut butter milkshake.

rgrwfe
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   Posted 7/10/2006 8:03 AM (GMT -7)   
I like that idea too, of the add-ins to the yogurt.  As far as making my own, I have seen the appliance they sell over here to do that, but I am not too keen on making my own.  I might screw it all up & come up with some funky problem.  I have found a local natural food store & will have to go back and see what else they have in there & take my translation dictionary, thanks for the tip.  Also, good news for me, they sell Stoneyfield organic yogurt here - great advice, thanks!  I am staring to notice that I have problems when I have milk products & am relieved that I am not affected in a bad way from yogurt.
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