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When I looked at my yogurt, I noticed it said "active bacterial

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When I looked at my yogurt, I noticed it said "active bacterial cultures" and i felt like other brands often say "Live active bacterial cultures". Is there a difference? leaving out the word "live?"
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: General
Expert:  SpecialistMichael replied 4 years ago.

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Customer:

hello

Customer:

im here

FitnessSpecialist :

So the brief answer between using the words "live" and "active" is no

Customer:

thas what i wondered, am i still getting the probiotics?

FitnessSpecialist :

basically these are organisms used to convert the pasteurized milk to yogurt

Customer:

i assumed all yogurt had them, but maybe not

FitnessSpecialist :

Yogurt contains probiotics

FitnessSpecialist :

what these companies really like to do is use "buzz" words

FitnessSpecialist :

so most people upon reading the labels think "Ohhhhhh its LIVE, it must be better"

Customer:

i see

FitnessSpecialist :

where others might think they are getting less from the word "active"

FitnessSpecialist :

its kinda sorta similar to the idea of fermenting beer

FitnessSpecialist :

so it kinda breaks down a bit more

FitnessSpecialist :

its a seal, used to ID the food if it contains 100million cultures per gram I believe once the process starts

Customer:

thanks

FitnessSpecialist :

youre welcoem

Customer:

so they all have them

FitnessSpecialist :

basically you dont neeeeeed to spend more money on the labeled stuff

Customer:

in that same amount

FitnessSpecialist :

i wouldnt say in the same amount

FitnessSpecialist :

but the cultures are used in the process of taking milk to yogurt

FitnessSpecialist :

so its only a situation of how much , when they reach that 100 million mark then they can put the label on

Customer:

but active is still potent?

Customer:

not just the live active

FitnessSpecialist :

the lactobacillus bulgaricus and streptococcus thermophilus culures are the "workers

FitnessSpecialist :

well thats the thing, the actually heat treat the yogurt

FitnessSpecialist :

so they can package it

FitnessSpecialist :

when they do that they basically die

FitnessSpecialist :

but thats OK because they have done their jobs

Customer:

oh, that doesnt sound good

Customer:

done their job, but i need them alive in my belly

Customer:

dont i

FitnessSpecialist :

well its ok its no different than beer or any other fermented spirit

FitnessSpecialist :

if the yogurt is heat treated or transferred they die

FitnessSpecialist :

otherwise they expire along with the food

Customer:

hmm

Customer:

ok i think i get it

FitnessSpecialist :

the thing is, some may actually have the live cultures

FitnessSpecialist :

but they aren't really required

FitnessSpecialist :

so you would have to find out if the food is heated before packaging

Customer:

to help digestion, thats what i really want

FitnessSpecialist :

If it gives you peace of mind, just grab the ones with the seal

Customer:

by the way, on a side note, if i am just under 5 foot 7 inches tall, what do you think i should weigh?

Customer:

change of topic i know

Customer:

just curious

Customer:

ive been losng weight

FitnessSpecialist :

that way you know its at a given level before packaging and ALSO since the seal says live and active you know you reached it

Customer:

i was 170, now im around 135

FitnessSpecialist :

thats an excellent change

FitnessSpecialist :

im sure you have leaned up tremendously

Customer:

yeah, but im getting nervous its too much

Customer:

im pretty lean now

Customer:

maybe i took it too far

FitnessSpecialist :

just keep in mind you can't always use a "number" as a guide as even some ladies carry alot of weight, but they are muscular

FitnessSpecialist :

as long as its a healthy lifestyle that is fine.

Customer:

i see

FitnessSpecialist :

my mother is 5'7 and 145 - lean

FitnessSpecialist :

physically active

FitnessSpecialist :

i would say as long as youre small to medium framed, then youre in great shape weight wise

FitnessSpecialist :

this is assuming you have good energy, are eating enough and are active

FitnessSpecialist :

don't focus on a number, focus on how you feel, your energy level, what your body tells you and what your body composition is

Customer:

good advise, thanks a lot

Customer:

i appreciate it

FitnessSpecialist :

youre very welcome did i help you out today?

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Expert:  SpecialistMichael replied 4 years ago.
Thank you for working with me today. I just wanted to let you know that males are inherently leaner than females, so the rough average bodyfat on a male is 10-13% or so, a female 24ish percent. So using my mother as the example to you(obviously female to male) you both weigh the same, but you being male have considerably more lean body mass and thus would be leaner. Averages are averages, some of much lighter and leaner, some much heavier and softer.

Let me know if you want to discuss anything further about fitness or health or body composition in the future by simply requesting "Fitness Mike"