Activia and Other Yogurt Touted as Digestive Cures May Make Digestive Problems Worse

Seattle, WA (PRWEB) November 14, 2007

Yogurt is often marketed as a treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). But for a significant proportion of people with digestive problems, consuming yogurt is exactly the wrong thing to do. IBS, an ailment affecting as many as 20% of the adult population, is one of the most common disorders diagnosed, according to the National Institutes of Health. Although probiotics, found in yogurt, can be beneficial, studies have also shown that the consumption of dairy products is one cause of IBS and digestive symptoms like diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, gas, and bloating.

Dr. Wangen, Chief Medical Officer at the IBS Treatment Center cautions people who try this approach. “A large number of our patients who experience IBS are actually suffering from a dairy allergy but don't realize it. Yogurt, although it is fermented, is still a dairy product and can be a potent trigger of their digestive problems. For these people the consumption of yogurt, even brands with high probiotic bacteria content, is inadvisable.”

Yogurt advertising has recently promoted the digestive benefits related to probiotics. Brands such as Activia