Friday, 26 March 2010

When is a 'probiotic' not a probiotic?

Yakult has long been onto a good thing selling it's sweetened probiotic drinks as a health product, but now there's a new probiotic drink on the market ... "Galaxy probiotic' ... as in galaxy chocolate ... no joke!

Unsurprisingly their marketing makes no health claims whatsoever, the Advertising Standards Agency would have something to say about it, but I'm sure there'll be some consumers fooled into thinking this will be doing them some good! If you are in any doubt about this read the list of ingredients at the end of this post.

The fact is that sugar encourages the growth of bad gut bacteria whilst probiotics encourage the growth of the good bacteria, so mixing probiotics with sugar somewhat mitigates their benefit! For genuine benefits take a good quality probiotic capsule or eat some natural probiotic yoghurt, both at the end of your meals. And if you fancy some chocolate a bit of organic dark chocolate would be a much better idea!

Skimmed milk (65%), water, sugar, chocolate (3%)(sugar, cocoa butter, skimmed milk powder, cocoa mass, lactose, vegetable fat, whey powder, milk fat, Emulsifiers: Soya lecithin, E476, water, flavouring), cocoa powder, stabilisers: modified tapioca starch, E460, E466, E415, E407, whey powder, malt extract, glucose syrup, skimmed milk powder, emulsifier: E471, wheat flour. (Heat treated)

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