What Really Happens To Your Body When You Eat Activia Yogurt

You may have seen the commercials over the years for Activia yogurt with the catchy jingle that gets stuck in your head. Known for its probiotic properties, this low-fat dairy yogurt boasts to help with your digestive health. But do the nutritional benefits back up the health claims? 

Produced by yogurt brand Dannon, Activia is available in all types of flavors. It also comes in Greek yogurt or light varieties. Although all yogurts contain some bacteria in them, like Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus, Activia products also contain the patented probiotic culture Bifidobacterium animalis lactis DN-173 010/CNCM I-2494 (via Livestrong).

Probiotics are live, active cultures. At first, they can cause some discomfort, like bloating, diarrhea, gas, or a mildly upset stomach. Activia's probiotics are designed to minimize these issues, but if you do end up experiencing these side effects, they typically subside as your body gets used to probiotics (via Healthgrades). 

Possible side effects to probiotics

So what do probiotics actually do? These live cultures improve your gut microbiome and the connection between your gut and your brain by fostering the healthy bacteria already existing in your gut, according to Livestrong. They also can provide benefits like improving your digestion and lactose intolerance, boosting your immune system, and helping with weight control.

You should also be aware of the sucralose that can be found to sweeten Activia light products. Sucralose can usually pass through the digestive system with no problem, but if you have digestive system disorders, insulin sensitive, or metabolic syndromes, this could pose a problem for you.

Adding Activia yogurt to a healthy, well-rounded diet can provide numerous health benefits. There can be some minor discomfort at first as your body gets used to the probiotics, but your gut should eventually get used to the bacteria. Consult with your health team if you have concerns adding probiotics to your nutritional plan.