Activia Nutrition Facts
Activia and Bifidus Regularis
Activia claims to regulate gut function due to the presence of an exclusive probiotic, bifidus regularis. Probiotics are microbial foods or supplements that can be used to change or reestablish the intestinal flora and improve the health of the host. Bifidus regularis was formulated by the scientists at Danone, the French company known as Dannon in the United States. It is reported that bifidus regularis can survive the gut and make it into the large intestine in large enough quantities to aid in digestive health. Along with bifidus regularis, Activia contains other probiotics, L. bulgaricus and S. thermophilus, which are used for lactose and sugar digestion. Consuming this product for two weeks along with a well balanced diet should improve colon functions and result in more regular bowel movements.
Activia Nutrition Facts
Activia contains all natural ingredients and does not have any artificial sweeteners. One 4-ounce cup contains 110 calories, 2 g of fat, 19 g of cabohydrate, and 5 grams of protein. The fat comes from the use of reduced fat milk, the carbohydrates are also from the milk and the use of fructose and sugar. The protein is from the milk and whey protein. Since activia is a milk product it contains 10 mg of cholesterol.
- 110 calories, 2 g of fat, 19 g of carbohydrate, 0 g of fiber, 5 g of protein
Activia fiber is a very similar product with a few differences in its nutritional breakdown. The calories are the same as the regular Activia - the difference is the presence of fiber. The use of rolled oats, inulin, rolled white wheat flakes, red wheat bran contribute the 3 grams of fiber found in this cup of yogurt. Due to the added carbohydrates in the four ounce portion the protein level is reduced to only 3 grams.
- 110 calories, 2 g of fat, 20 g of carbohydrate, 3 g of fiber, 3 g of protein
Activia light contains 70 calories per 4-ounce cup. There is no [fat](/tools/Fats in Food) due to the use of skim milk instead of reduced fat milk found in their regular product. It also contains artificial sweetener which reduces the total grams of carbohydrate and sugar. It also contains inulin which helps maintain the fiber content that can be found in Activia Fiber.
- 70 calories, 0 g of fat, 14 g of carbohydrate, 3 g of fiber, 5 g of protein
Activia dessert contains 140 calories per 4-ounce cup. The fat content is more than that of their regular product due to the use of whole fat milk. The higher fat content results in higher cholesterol content as well.
- 140 calories, 4 g of fat, 21 g of carbohydrate, 0 g of fiber, 6 g of protein
Activia has some beneficial health properties can should be consumed in conjunction with a well-balanced diet. It will not be the answer to all of your weight loss concerns, but it is a good source of calcium and a much better snack than some other “unhealthy” treats like ice cream.
Mahan, L.K., Escott-Stump, S. Krause’s Food, Nutrition, and Diet Therapy. 10th Edition. 2000.