Dannon Activia Ingredients

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Dannon Activia Ingredients
Dannon Activia promises better digestive health. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Attractive to those with a chronically upset stomach, Dannon Activia promises to naturally regulate digestion. The guarantee is supported by the World Gastroenterology Organisation, which suggests incorporating fermented dairy products into your diet to improve digestive health. Teamed with an eating pattern of eating small meals, plenty of fibre and drinking plenty of fluids, fermented dairy products like yoghurt can help keep indigestion at bay. Be aware of the ingredients in Activia yoghurt to guarantee that the product is right for you.

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Active Cultures

L. Bulgarius, L. Thermophilus and Bifidus Regularis are types of "probiotic cultures," the active ingredients in Dannon Activia. Probiotic cultures are bacteria that survive passage down into the stomach, and settle there to "fight" bacteria in the stomach. Generally, probiotics improve digestive health by doing two things -- cutting down the inflammation in your stomach and keeping the natural gut flora in balance.

Sodium Citrate

Sodium citrate is used widely as an additive, and is classified as completely safe, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest. It acts as a type of buffer, controlling the acidity of foods. Also known as citric acid, Dannon uses it to enhance the flavour of yoghurt by controlling its acidity.

Sugar

Dannon Activa contains two kinds of sugar: sugar and fructose. Fructose is sweeter than sugar, but both sweeteners are naturally occurring. Sugar is taken from sugar cane, while fructose is found naturally in fruits and honey. There have been some documented cases of fructose intolerance, where individuals have a difficult time tolerating and digesting fructose. Those who have that intolerance should avoid Activia, as well as sodas, high fructose corn syrup and table sugar. Symptoms of fructose intolerance could be bloating, diarrhoea, gas and abdominal pain.

Kosher Gelatin

According to the Dannon website, gelatin is used to provide consistency and texture to yoghurt. Gelatin also helps to enhance product flavour and aroma, while providing a creamy sensation. Dannon Activia uses gelatin from cattle instead of from pork, allowing Dannon Activia to be certified as a Kosher product. Vegetarians should take notice that some gelatin is made from agar, but Dannon's gelatin is always sourced from animals.

Cornstarch/Modified Cornstarch

Taken from corn, cornstarch is used as a thickening agent, while modified cornstarch has been changed slightly from the original form of cornstarch to modify the texture of products. Cornstarch can thicken products, help protect them from heat and assist in binding products together.

Malic Acid

Malic acid is a naturally occurring additive found in apples, bananas, cherries, pears and tomatoes. Acid can prevent the growth of harmful bacteria in yoghurt, which is very important for keeping a controlled environment like in Dannon Activia. In a description of its ingredients, Dannon mentions that it uses malic acid to balance out the tartness of yoghurt.

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