You should know you're a medic: Live yoghurt drinks
- By: Guy Hagan
Are they just a con? Guy Hagan examines the issues
“It's all a con,” exclaimed my medic housemate, as an advertisment for a live yoghurt drink was shown on the television. “All the bacteria would be broken down in the stomach and do nothing,” he went on.
Live yoghurt drinks refer to a group of drinks made from fermented milk containing cultures of specific types of bacteria. The bacteria cultured are genera of human origin, such as Lactobacillus acidophilus, L. Casei, Bifidobacterium bifidum, and B. Longum.1 The advertised philosophy behind live yoghurt drinks is that when they are eaten they can replenish levels of “good” bacteria found in the bowel that may have been lowered by a stressful lifestyle and an unpredictable diet. The result is a well balanced intestinal flora, which helps maintain a healthy immune system.2
The suspicion that consumption of live fermented milk drinks may have positive