A mix of fermented milk and live bacteria, yogurt is a potent probiotic, which means it contains the healthy living bacteria that can fight the bad bugs, says Rumsey. Store shelves are crowded with a dizzying array of yogurt these days, so here’s a cheat sheet to cut through the confusion: Make sure the package says “live active cultures” (so you know it hasn’t been pasteurized, a process that kills off the good microbes), and stick with a no-added-sugar type, since excess sugar can feed unhealthy bacteria. Also, go Greek. Greek yogurt has the same probiotic power but twice the protein count (the milk is more concentrated).
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