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Activia anyone?

Has anyone tried the yogurt called ACTIVIA? What are your thoughts on it and how has it helped you? I bought some today and am curious.

Fri. Nov 3, 9:18pm

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Well, in fact, I am eating a cup of strawberry Activia right now. I've bought this product when I do buy yogurt because I really like the idea of probiotics, and it seems like a good natural way to get those good bacteria in there.
For some reason, though, I don't eat yogurt every day. Probably because I usually think of it as dessert, leave it until the end of the day, and then forget about it. Anyway, the point is that I don't eat Activia regularly enough to identify its impact.
However, if nothing else, I think it's a delicious yogurt and one of my favorites. I've tried all the flavors, even prune (!). I highly recommend a cup of vanilla Activia mixed with diced apples or other fresh fruit. I also mixed it with berry applesauce and it was incredibly tasty.
On a semi-related side note, I think there has been definite evidence that yogurt can help prolong your life. I saw a feature once on a 100+ old gentleman who ate his homemade yogurt every single day. I have to think that the good cultures in the yogurt are really beneficial to your health, even if you can't immediately identify a huge difference in your daily digestion or other physical aspects.
And that concludes my very non-scientific, anecdotal experience with Activia. In any case, enjoy your yogurt!

Saturday, November 04, 2006, 10:51 AM

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Can it really be better than other good yogurts which contain live active cultures, like Nancy's and I think Brown Cow and some others?

Monday, November 06, 2006, 5:30 PM

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be careful about what we think is healthy. while probiotics can do wonders for our digestive health-marketing does a great job of ignoring other factors.

activia's ingredients list includes: "fructose syrup" and "carmine" (for the yogurts w/ a red/purple color). this to me takes it off my list of foods that i want to include in my diet. yogurts should either not have added sugar or if they do it should be a limited amount from a natural source like honey, molasses or maple syrup.

carmine is a "natural" food coloring. do you want to know what carmine comes from? it's a powder made from grinding or boiling red beetles-while it's not bad for you, i prefer not to eat it (however it isn't in all activia-just those w/ red/purple color). my food doesn't need any added coloring to be more appealing, thank you very much.

also-it contains "modified corn starch". Corn starch that has been modified means that it comes from genetically altered corn.

Monday, November 06, 2006, 9:19 PM

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If you are looking for probiotics, you should stick with Stonyfield fat free or lowfat yogurt. It sounds like Dannon Activa has corn syrup, which is tough on your system to digest. The diary is hard enough on your system as it is.

Monday, April 16, 2007, 3:18 PM

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I saw the commercial for this last night and thought about posting on here to see what people had to say.

Ground beetles makes carmine? GROSS!

I don't think I will be trying this. I will try the Stonyfield, which I havent tried yet

thanks for the info!

Monday, April 16, 2007, 3:33 PM

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activia yogurt

For years I've eaten yogurt every morning--plain lowfat yogurt with a bit of honey because I don't like the added sugar, flavoring, and calories in most yogurts. I've tried all the brands. Occasionally I also eat cottage cheese, which supposedly has the same strains as activia. I have problems with bloating that I suspect have to do with wheat or gluten because when I give them up it improves. But activia is really the only yogurt that gets rid of bloating for me completely, and I mean within a day or two of when I start eating it again after not having had it for a while. I don't get it! And I seriously feel like things are let's say, moving around, when I eat it daily or every other day. Anyone found a yogurt that has less sugar and calories but is equally effective?

Wednesday, August 01, 2007, 1:51 PM

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Pretty much any yogurt has live and active cultures, just look at the label. Also, I think avoiding corn syrup as much as possible is a good idea. Cochineal extract (sp) is made from ground up bugs. Gel cups that contain fruit and "gel" rather than gelatin often use cochineal to color. Companies began doing this because people were complaining about the use of artificial colors.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007, 2:11 PM

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um, modified corn starch is specifically from GM corn. Modified simply means that by chemical or physical processing, the properties of the corn starch has been changed. Nowadays most corn is GM to some extent, and consumers don't need to be told when something is GM

Wednesday, August 01, 2007, 10:37 PM

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I love it! It regulates my digestive system and I feel better. I will say, I'm looking for an alternative, maybe homemade yogurt instead. It works, but over a year it will cost about $180 (one self serving per day from Costco).

Wednesday, January 07, 2009, 9:39 PM

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I am in agreement with the above posters from Aug. of 2007. . . .The modified corn and corn syrup are not great things to put into your body . . . you can get so many healthy bacteria from plain old non- fat yogurt . . . .if that is what you are looking for

Thursday, January 08, 2009, 1:23 AM

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