Does Vegan Yogurt Have Gut Friendly Probiotics?
I just got back from my local Walmart and I came across a bunch of vegan dairy free yogurts.
It got me thinking if any of these yogurts actually contain the beneficial bacteria that our guts and microbiome needs in order to fully thrive.
I will be taking a look at some of the different vegan plant-based yogurt options available and checking if they have the same probiotic strains that animal dairy yogurts provide.
What Is Vegan Yogurt?
Vegan Yogurt isn't complicated and doesn't take a PHD Nutritionist to understand it. It's quite simply replacing the animal dairy with plant-based dairy options. Some of these include:
The most popular yogurt's contain oat milk because if the low cost. My personal favorite is almond milk yogurts although they are pricier considering the cost of almonds and the options are limited.
Does All Vegan Yogurt Contain Probiotic's?
All animal-based dairy yogurt does contain probiotic bacteria. Plant-based milk, the main ingredient in vegan probiotic yogurts does not contain probiotic bacteria in it's default state.
It has to be cultured and fermented so not all vegan yogurt contains probiotic bacteria. Most vegan yogurts do now contain probiotic bacteria now so it's not difficult to find.
Checking the ingredient label will let you know if it contains probiotic bacteria or not. Look out for fermented, cultured and bacteria buzzwords. Lactobacillus strains are the most common in good vegan probiotic yogurts.
3 Best Vegan Yogurt Brands With Probiotic's
Back when I was younger, vegan yogurt just wasn't a thing and then eventually when Veganism became more mainstream the vegan yogurts didn't contain any probiotic strains compared to it's non-vegan counterparts.
Today I am happy to confirm that they are a lot of non-dairy yogurt's that contain cultured non animal milk which provides various different probiotic strains. Here are some of my favorite choices.
Chobani Non-Dairy Vanilla Coconut
Chobani have a whole range of vegan products like creamer, eggnog, oat milk and a bunch of other delicious products that I personally. Their non-dairy vanilla yogurt is blended with cultured fermented coconut milk which is what gives it billions of probiotic bacteria.
Forager Non-Dairy Vanilla Bean
Forager is unique in that it uses cashew milk it's non-dairy products which provides a thicker creamier taste. They are also super open with what probiotic strains each of their yogurts contains. Forager Vanilla Bean contains the Streptococcus Thermophilus, Lactobacillus Bulgaricus, Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Bifidobacterium, Lactobacillus Lactis and Lactobacillus Plantarum.
Nancy's Oat Milk Yogurt
If you see Nancy's non-dairy yogurt the next time you are at the store I would definitely recommend buying some. They have cold brew, apple cinnamon, passion fruit banana, blueberry, hibiscus, vanilla and plain. Even writing this right now is making me salivate imagining the many flavor's. Each oat milk yogurt contains Bifidobacterium, Lactis BB-12, Lactobacillus Acidophilus and Lactobacillus Rhammosus.
History & Benefits Of Probiotic's
The benefits of probiotic bacteria are well documented thanks to more scientific research being conducted every year. Probiotic's are not new and our ancestors likely ate plenty of probiotic fermented food bacteria due to not having refrigerators.
It's only through the modern era that processed foods started to replace fermented probiotic rich foods. Thankfully the tide is now again turning and brands are making vegan foods and supplements with probiotic bacteria again.
Lactobacillus probiotic bacteria has been shown time and time again to provide digestive health benefits for IBS, Bloating and Diarrhea. I can attest first hand on these benefits working for my self. (3)
Final Thoughts - Does Vegan Yogurt Have Probiotic's?
Keep an eye out for the ingredient labels if you want to make sure you are nourishing your gut with vegan yogurt or stick to my best 3 options above in the this article.
As always, eat vegan yogurt in moderation and as part of a well balanced healthy lifestyle. Some vegan yogurts may be high in sugar!
The probiotic CFU count in vegan yogurts won't be very high and most are not even publicly displayed so if you want something stronger for your gut checkout the homepage of the ProbioticReviewGirl blog.