Jessica Oakley NUTR 302 Claims EvaluationFebruary 18, 2008
Activia with Bifidus Regularis
Activia with Bifidus Regularis is scientifically proven to help with slow intestinal transit when eaten daily for twoweeks, as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.
Dannon has a line of yogurt called Activia, which is marketed solely on theyogurt’s exclusive addition of Bifidus Regularis, a probiotic strain of bifidobacteria.Activia claims that the Bifidus Regularis will help to regulate the digestive system andhelp with slow intestinal transit (1). Activia’s website explains that this probiotic survives passage through the digestive tract, arrives in the colon as a living culture, and once there plays a beneficial role in the body’s intestinal ecosystem, specifically in reducing longintestinal transit time (1). An evaluation of this claim is made possible for consumers bycitation of recent research articles on the Activia website. In addition to Activia’s citedarticles, the area of probiotics and digestive health has produced a significant amount of studies and research materials to properly evaluate the claim made my Activia andDannon.In order to properly evaluate Activia’s claim and ensure that the sources citedwere representative of all studies regarding the claim, one would need to look further for research articles dealing with physiological effects of probiotics and the enrichment of yogurt with Bifidobacteria. For this evaluation, two studies, both published in 2007,dealing with the effects of probiotics on constipation were analyzed. A third study, on theenrichment of yogurt with Bifidobacterium longum and its colonic/fecal effects onhealthy individuals, was also considered.The first study consisted of a trial involving 129 patients with irritable bowelsyndrome, specifically constipation. The article explains that the trial was conducted on