Probiotic Juice Drink

Dairy-Free + Soy-Free + Vegan Flavors

Blueberry Acai

Filtered Water, Organic Pear Juice from Concentrate, Organic Evaported Cane Sugar, Organic Blueberry Juice from Concentrate, Organic Oat Flour (2% or less), Organic Acai Puree, Organic Flavor, Natural Flavor, Calcium Citrate, Citric Acid, Fruit and Vegetable Juice (for color), Organic Barley Malt, Lactobacillus Plantarum 299V.

Cranberry Watermelon

Filtered Water, Organic Grape Juice from Concentrate, Organic Evaporated Cane Sugar, Organic Pear Juice from Concentrate, Organic Strawberry Juice from Concentrate (2% or less), Organic Cranberry Juice from Concentrate, Organic Oat Flour, Organic Watermelon Juice from Concentrate, Citric Acid, Natural Flavor, Organic Guar Gum, Organic Barley Malt, Vegetable Juice (for colour), Lactobacillus Plantarum 299V.


Filtered Water, Organic Pear Juice from Concentrate, Organic Mango Puree, Organic Evaporated Cane Sugar, Organic Banana Puree, Organic Oat Flour (2% or less), Organic Flavours, Natural Flavor, Citric Acid, Organic Barley Malt, Organic Guar Gum, Lactobacillus Plantarum 299V.

Pomegranate Blackberry

Filtered Water, Organic Pear Juice from Concentrate, Organic Blackberry Juice from Concentrate, Organic Evaporated Cane Sugar, Organic Pomegranate Juice from Concentrate, Organic Oat Flour (2% or less), Natural Flavors, Vegetable Juice (for color), Citric Acid, Organic Barley Malt, Lactobacillus Plantarum 299V.

Tropical Green

Filtered Water, Organic Pear Juice from Concentrate, Organic Mango Puree, Organic Banana Puree, Organic Evaporated Cane Sugar, Organic Oat Flour, Natural Flavors (2% or less), Organic Spirulina, Organic Flavors, Citric Acid, Organic Chlorella, Organic Guar Gum, Organic Barley Malt, Organic Spinach, Organic Alfalfa Grass, Organic Oat Grass, Organic Parsley, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Lactobacillus Plantarum 299V, Organic Reb A (Stevia Leaf Extract).

Dairy-Free + Soy-Free + Gluten-Free Flavors

Tropical Orange

Filtered Water, Orange Juice from Concentrate, Organic Pear Juice from Concentrate, Organic Evaporated Cane Sugar, Passionfruit Juice from Concentrate, Organic Banana Puree, Gluten-Free Oat Flour (2% or less), Natural Flavors, Citric Acid, Fruit and Vegetable Juice (for color), Organic Guar Gum, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Lactobacillus Plantarum 299V.

Coconut Water

Coconut Water from Concentrate, Organic Grape Juice from Concentrate, Filtered Water, Gluten-Free Oat Flour (2% or less), Lactic Acid, Lactobacillus Plantarum 299V, Reb A (Stevia Leaf Extract).

Nutritional Facts >>

Good Belly Probiotics Juice Drink Blueberry Acai Flavor



Keep refrigerated. Use within 14 days of opening.

Marketing Description

Good Belly® Blueberry Acai Flavor Probiotics Juice Drink.
USDA organic.
Juice drink for daily digestive health*.
From concentrate.

Other Description

Sign up for the 12 day challenge.

Satisfaction guaranteed.
1. Visit our website:
2. Sign up for the 12 day challenge.
3. Check your email for coupons & print ’em out!
4. Drink one 8 oz. glass a day for 12 days (that’s just 3 cartons worth).
5. Love it by day 12 or your money back!
Why 12 days? Many love Good Belly after the first sip, but it’s best to take Good Belly’s probiotic for 12 days straight to give it a fair shot.
Love it or your money back!
Probi probiotic support.

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Why should I take probiotics daily?
Probiotics must be plentiful enough in the body to do their job. Just as the cells of our skin shed constantly, so do the cells of the intestinal lining where the probiotics dwell. As the intestinal lining sheds, probiotics are released back into the world. In order to keep a sufficient supply of probiotics in the system, daily probiotic use is therefore suggested.
Can you overdose on probiotics?
You can’t get too much of a good thing! If very high amounts of probiotics are ingested, whatever doesn’t adhere to your intestinal wall will simply pass through your system.
Can I keep drinking Good Belly after the 12 day challenge?
Without question! While we do offer this satisfaction-guaranteed trial, it’s just a hint of what’s to come. Good Belly can be enjoyed daily from now until eternity.
20 billion probiotic CFU per serving, at time of manufacture. Storage conditions may affect the number of active probiotic cultures. Please store consistently between 35-40 degrees F for maximum potency.
*Lactobacillus plantarum 299v can be found naturally in the intestinal system, and may help promote healthy digestion when consumed daily as part of a nutritious diet and healthy lifestyle. Good Belly is a beverage and not a treatment or cure for any medical disorder or disease. If you have any concerns about your digestive system, please consult your healthcare professional.
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What is Good Belly?
Good Belly is a delicious blend of fruit juices containing a daily dose of lactobacillus plantarum 299v, a probiotic used for digestive health.*
Contains 30% juice.
Probiotic cultures 20 billion per serving.
Non GMO project.
Certified organic by QAI
Quality Assurance International.
Certified organic.
This product contains low levels of gluten from organic oat flour and barley malt. Try our new gluten-free quarts with green caps!
Good Belly is a food product and not a treatment or cure for any medical disorder or disease. If you have any concerns about your digestive system, please consult your healthcare professional.
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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1

Servings per Container: 4


Filtered Water, Organic Pear Juice from Concentrate, Organic Evaporated Cane Sugar, Organic Blueberry Juice from Concentrate, contains 2% or less of Organic Oat Flour, Organic Acai Puree, Organic Flavor, Natural Flavor, Calcium Citrate, Citric Acid, Fruit and Vegetable Juice (for Color), Organic Barley Malt, Lactobacillus Plantarum 299V.


Package Data

Length: 2.874 IN
Height: 8.88 IN
Width: 2.89 IN
Weight: 2.27 LB
Units In Package: 1
Package Type: CARTON
Package Size: 32.0 OZ

My Experience With the GoodBelly 12-Day Challenge

As you may recall, several months ago I shared some insight into my private gastronomically-challenging life and provided a few tips on products that have helped me regulate some of the issues that I frequently experience. If you have gastro issues, you know that this isn’t a problem that is solved overnight and from what I understand, will be something we’ll struggle with trying to balance for the rest of our lives.

In a continual effort to find a more normal, less gassy way of life, I decided to give GoodBelly’s 12-Day Challenge a go*. The reason I opted to try this product is because it’s not dairy-based (I have some intolerance to lactose, so this was a selling point). In fact, “GoodBelly is a line of natural and organic fruit juice blends that deliver a powerful daily dose of Lactobacillus plantarum299v, a patented probiotic strain that promotes healthy digestion.” **

Before I started the challenge, I did my homework. I wanted to know what made GoodBelly so different from any other probiotic on the market and I found the answers to my questions pretty straight forward and simple.

* It’s always dairy-free, soy-free and vegan.

* GoodBelly tastes delicious, which makes it a great option for those who have a difficult time taking pills.

* Unlike many ‘live and active cultures’ found on the market, GoodBelly’s probiotic strain survives the stomach’s acidic environment in order to reach the rest of the intestinal tract.

* While Lp299v is widely available in Europe, GoodBelly is the only beverage in the United States that offers this patented probiotic strain (interesting, right?).

Some of you still may be wondering what’s so special about this so-called Lp299v probiotic. I think you’ll find it just as fascinating as I did to hear that “Lp299v was first identified in 1986 as part of a study in Lund, Sweden. It was tested with intestinal surgery patients, with the hypothesis that its introduction would help them recover more quickly from procedures. It has since been studied for safe and effective use on numerous populations and has been recognized as a thoroughly researched and impactful probiotic strain with more than 16 human research trials and 17 years of documented safe and effective use.”

So how was the challenge? It was an insightful experiment. I took a little chilled straight shot of GoodBelly each morning (that was the easiest way for me to remember to do it) and I lived my day like normal. I enjoyed the Mango, Blueberry Acai and the plain flavors that I tested. I ate, drank and worked out as I normally would. I didn’t want to make any drastic changes to my diet or daily routine that would alter the way my body responded to this new addition.

At first I couldn’t really tell that much of a difference, but over the next few days of the challenge I noticed that I was having less gas (normally I’m an unfortunately gassy human being), and I also noticed that my bowel movements started to become much more solid than normal (something for which I throw small celebrations in my bathroom on occasion). I have to admit, I did experience some bloating and cramping. I also experienced some mild diarrhea, which doesn’t necessarily correlate with the GoodBelly probiotic, as I was having a stressful day and that always affects my bowl movements in a runny kind of way (if you know what I mean). If you decide to take the 12-Day Challenge yourself, keep in mind that some people occasionally experience some bloating and gas when beginning any new probiotic regimen, but this should only occur in the first few days and is simply the good bacteria working to balance out the system- so don’t fear!

In summary, I’m a fan. I actually just purchased another supply of product tonight during my weekly grocery trip to Whole Foods. If you are interested in trying The 12 Day Challenge, you can find more information on GoodBelly’s website.

Signing Off With a Better Belly,


* As part of the GoodBelly 12-Day Challenge, I received product for free. I am not affiliated with GoodBelly in any way. All opinions, experiences, and comments are my own and are not endorsed by GoodBelly.

**Some studies suggest that GoodBelly’s probiotics may help balance bacteria in your gut when consumed daily as part of a nutritious diet and healthy lifestyle. GoodBelly is a food product and not a treatment or cure for any medical disorder or disease. If you have any concerns about your digestive system, you should consult your healthcare professional.

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GoodBelly 12-Day Challenge Review {& Giveaway!} – Closed

Today is a very special day around Boston. It’s Marathon Monday! And to make it even more special, my brother, Dylan, is running it! This is his first marathon and he’s running to support Respond, Inc. to raise money to aid victims of domestic abuse. It’s going to be in the high 80s today, which adds an extra challenge, but I know he’s going to rock it! So, while I’m out cheering for him and all of the other inspiring runners, I thought I’d post a giveaway to make your Monday a little more fun!

I was recently contacted by a company called GoodBelly Probiotic Juice Drinks, offering me free product coupons to take part in their 12-Day Challenge, where I would essentially drink GoodBelly every day and see how I felt.

Here are a few things they believe differentiate their products from other probiotics:

  • Always dairy-free, soy-free and vegan.
  • Unlike many ‘live and active cultures’ found on the market, GoodBelly’s probiotic strain survives the stomach’s acidic environment in order to reach the rest of the intestinal tract.
  • While Lp299v is widely available in Europe, GoodBelly is the only beverage in the United States that offers this patented probiotic strain.
  • Some studies suggest that GoodBelly’s probiotics may help balance bacteria in your gut when eaten daily as part of a nutritious diet and healthy lifestyle.

I had never tried probiotics before, but I was impressed with their ingredient lists (organic and with the exception of the bacteria, all things I’m familiar with and can pronounce) and I liked that the drinks are vegan. I found them at Whole Foods and picked up 3 different flavors (they have around 8 total to choose from), including:

Cranberry Watermelon

Tropical Green


I ended up really liking all three flavors, but if I had to choose, I’d say the Tropical Green was my favorite. I loved the addition of spirulina and other greens, although it was the least photogenic of the bunch. Kind of like swamp water, but I’m used to that with my green juices and smoothies.

In terms of how I felt, the difference was subtle, but I think it’s important to keep in mind that I had just finished up the 21-Day Crazy Sexy Diet Cleanse and I had started brewing my own kombucha. Things were working well already and my stomach was generally happy. However, I did notice that even on days when I was kind of lax with my healthy eating or I went out to eat, I didn’t have any digestion issues. This is actually a pretty big deal, as restaurant food, even if it’s vegan, tends to mess with my sensitive stomach at least a little.

GoodBelly retails for around $3.50-$4 per quart, so it’s just under $1 per serving. Not cheap, but worth a try, in my opinion, if you’re having digestive issues or have simply been wanting to incorporate a probiotic into your diet. The flavors I tried were around 100 calories per serving, but they do have a coconut water that’s around 70 calories (my Whole Foods was out of it, or I would have been all over that). I drank the juices straight-up, and I think they’d also be great in smoothies, or mixed with seltzer water for a lighter drink.

Alright, time for a giveaway! GoodBelly has offered 3 free product coupons so that one of you can also try the 12-Day Challenge!

Here’s how to enter:

1. Mandatory: leave a comment telling me whether you’ve tried a probiotic before and/or which GoodBelly flavor(s) you’d like to try.

2. Additional entry: tweet about the giveaway – “I entered the @goodbellydrink giveaway @picklesnhoney is hosting!”. Make sure to leave a separate comment letting me know you tweeted!

The giveaway is open to US residents only. I’ll choose a winner Friday at 12pm EST.

Have a great start to your week and please send some positive running thoughts my brother’s way!

Please Note: GoodBelly is a food product and not a treatment or cure for any medical disorder or disease. If you have any concerns about your digestive system, you should consult a healthcare professional.

Giveaway is Now Closed

Good Belly, I’m totally addicted!
I’d seen Good Belly around plenty before, however why I never tried it until two weeks ago I don’t know. After all I’m a total fruit juice junkie! I absolutely love the stuff, particularly orange juice, and while I try not to buy it too often – because of the high calorie/high sugar content of most commercial fruit juices, – there are definitely times where I just can’t say no.
A couple of weeks ago I was at grocery, shopping and the juice wall inevitably caught my eye. I opened the refrigerated door to grab my usual carton of O.J. when the bright flashy carton’s of Good Belly caught my eye. I grabbed one and began reading the side, which gave me a lot of information about probiotics and healthy digestion. Which I’ve read plenty about already but it’s always nice to have a refresher. Besides up until that point I hadn’t really known much about Good Belly, and didn’t know that it contained 20 billion live and active cultures. 20 billion! That’s a lot. After reading all the fun-filled facts on the side of the carton and determining that Good Belly was not only Organic but also vegan and soy-free I thought why not give it a try? My digestion’s been kind of all over the place again since I got off my cleanse at the beginning of this month and reverted back to eating extremely rich foods once more. I figured if Good Belly was half as good as the carton claimed it was, having a glass a day could only be of benefit, so I grabbed a carton.
I was hooked from my first sip. No lie this stuff is like crack. It is so delicious! The flavor combinations are incredible and while the juice is sweet, I don’t find it to be overly so. The calorie count isn’t bad either and is actually less then my usual orange juice, which doesn’t have the added benefit of all those amazing probiotics. Even my husband who was far more skeptical about it then I, fell in love at first sip. We’ve gone through 4 cartons in 16 days! And I have to say, honestly I feel fantastic!
Now when it comes to Good Belly there are a few different flavors and a few different kinds of products. We’ve been enjoying the Family-Sized Quart containers, and so far we’ve tried the Cranberry Watermelon, Blueberry Acai Berry, Pomegranate Blackberry, Mango, and Tropical Green flavors. All of which have been absolutely fantastic but so far I’d have to say Cranberry Watermelon is my hands down favorite. There’s just something about it that’s so mouth-watering. For my second pick I’d say Blueberry Acai and Pomegranate Blackberry are tied, they are both amazing, delicious and so addictive.
Of course if you’re not into the family sized cartons you can always pick up a four pack of Good Belly Plus, which is basically the same thing but smaller and it also comes in a strawberry flavor. Or you could try a pack of Good Belly Straight shots which are actually a non-dairy oat milk with no added sugar. Neither of which I’ve tried yet but am really looking forward to eventually grabbing up some straight shots. Then of course if you need a major digestive overhaul you can grab the Good Belly Big Shots which have 50 billion live and active cultures but is still gentle enough on your system to drink everyday. Good Belly also makes a gentle probiotic drink especially for children called Good Belly Kids which contains 10 billion live active cultures. So you’ve got a few options.
What I love most about Good Belly – besides it’s awesome taste – is that it has a very smooth texture, and it tastes like a truly decadent fruit smoothie yet doesn’t have all the heft and sugar that you get at the typical smoothie joint. All the fun flavor none of the drawback. Love it! So whichever route you choose to take I highly suggest you try out the cranberry watermelon flavor, I don’t think you’ll be sorry.
And if you’re still skeptical after reading this you should know that right now Good Belly is conducing a 12 day challenge. Basically they want you to drink Good Belly for 12 days and see how you feel afterwards. If you go to their website and sign up you get coupons for Good Belly Products via email to get you started. Not only that but Good Belly believes so strongly and whole heartedly in their product that if you aren’t satisfied after 12 days, or haven’t seen any digestive change they’re willing to refund any money you’ve spent on Good Belly products for the challenge. Just make sure to keep your receipt. How awesome is that? So skip on over to their website and sign up, what have you got to loose?
Probiotics are definitely the way to go, especially if you suffer any digestive or gastric stress, stomach aches or constipation. Drinking Good Belly’ll fix you right up, or at least it’s certainly helped me out lately.
Good Belly’s website – check out the 12 day challenge today, your digestive tract will thank you!

GoodBelly Review – 15 Things You Need to Know

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Goodbelly is a probiotic supplement that aids digestion. The company states that their product can rebalance the microflora in the digestive system. While it may be true that certain strains for microflora can aid digestion, the claims that daily intake of this product can promote gut health is uncertain.

Although there are 300 clinical studies on the benefits of probiotics, only 180 of them were human clinical trials. Our team doubts the validity of the claims that taking probiotics daily is can be proven. We want to give you our detailed report on what we discovered.

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What is GoodBelly?

GoodBelly is a concentrated, probiotic-rich drink. It is available in shots or a drink. It is similar to yogurt, but it is not the same. GoodBelly is dairy-free and vegan.

It contains one strain of probiotic, Lactobacillus Plantarum 299V. They chose this strain because it withstands stomach acid so that it can make its way to the gut, as a study published in the Digestive and Liver Disease confirms. It also binds quickly and efficiently to the lining of the digestive tract.

The product aims to repopulate intestinal flora, improve digestion, and boost the immune system.

The company makes a variety of products, including:

  • Super Shot
  • Straight Shot
  • Infused Beverages
  • Protein Shakes
  • Juice Drink
  • Plus Shot
  • Supplements
  • Bars
  • Coconut Water Drink

The shots come four to a pack. They contain either 20 billion or 50 billion colony-forming units. Most of the by-the-glass beverages contain 20 billion CFUs per serving.

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The Company Behind GoodBelly

NextFoods, Inc. produces Goodbelly. The two founders, Steve Demos and Todd Beckman, have worked in the natural food industry for many years.

This duo also launched Silk Soymilk. NextFoods’ goal is to provide food that works with the body instead of against it.

Their vision was to create a company that combined good science with healthy, tasty food. They want their products to be sustainable, socially responsible, nutritious and flavorful.

Company Profile

  • Name: NextFoods Inc.
  • CEO: Dr. Allan Murray
  • Founders: Steve Demos and Todd Beckman
  • Headquarters: Colorado, United States
  • Founding year: 2005
  • Address: 1301 Spruce Street, Boulder, Colorado, 80302, United States
  • Telephone number: 303-443-3631

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GoodBelly Ingredients

GoodBelly contains a famous and well researched probiotic strain. The strain, as we said above, is Lactobacillus Plantarum 299V. It is the only strain used in all of their products, and it can survive an acidic environment and make its way to the gut.

GoodBelly is non-GMO, soy-free, dairy-free, vegan, and kosher. Many of their items are also gluten-free.

Depending on the product, the GoodBelly ingredients vary. They do make a sugar-free shot; however, the rest of the items contain sugar. The company states that the sugar acts as food for the probiotic and makes the products taste better. The products come in a variety of flavors. Some are mango, mixed berry, and ginger lemon.

They also have a line of juices and protein drinks that contain their active probiotic plus juice and protein.

Live Probiotics

According to the Nutrition in Clinical Care, probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts. They live in and on the body, primarily in the intestinal tract. Probiotics help your body fight infections, create vitamins, and absorb nutrients. Probiotics are commonly referred to as good bacteria.

Traditionally, humans ate probiotics they found in the soil and fermented foods. Fermented foods like sauerkraut, pickles, yogurt, miso, and kimchi, and some olives naturally contain probiotics. Most Americans don’t eat sufficient amounts of fermented foods to repopulate their digestive tract. That is why many individuals take probiotic supplements or drinks.

Probiotics are most commonly taken for chronic or acute digestive issues like gas, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea. However, the seat of the immune system is in the gut. 70% of the immune system resides there. Maintaining a healthy level of good bacteria in the gut can help with many ailments. In fact, imbalanced gut flora can cause over 40 diseases.

These ailments include colds, oral health, and urinary and vaginal health, according to a study published in the Indian Journal of Urology.

Gut Bacterial Balance

Our bodies naturally regulate and balance the bacteria in our digestive tract. However, several factors kill off probiotics and destroy the natural ecosystem in our gut.

Antibiotics and other medications can kill off probiotics in the intestines, leading to digestive issues. Chlorinated water and high amounts of sugar can also cause imbalances. When the good bacteria are not present in the gut, unhealthy, destructive bacteria take over.

Since the gut is home to most of the immune system, keeping it balanced is important. When the immune system weakens, inflammation increases. Studies suggest that probiotics might be able to prevent and treat more issues than first thought.

When harmful bacteria invade the body, good bacteria block it from attaching to the intestinal wall. If the good bacteria is not present, the bad bacteria can latch on. Probiotics also may help against viral attacks to the body. One study published in the European Journal of Nutrition found that Lactobacillus Plantarum reduced cold episodes and the duration of the cold.

GoodBelly Flavors

  • No Added Sugar Orange
  • No Added Sugar Raspberry Blackberry
  • Mango
  • Blueberry Acai
  • Tropical Green
  • Pomegranate Blackberry

Side Effects

GoodBelly Side Effects

Typically, GoodBelly will not cause negative side effects. In healthy individuals, GoodBelly is safe.

The side effects may include bloating, gas or diarrhea. These symptoms are part of an adjustment period as your body balances its bacteria blend.

Usually, GoodBelly will help alleviate these symptoms and not cause them. If you feel that you may be sensitive to probiotics, you can start with half a GoodBelly shot instead of a whole shot.

In general, probiotics are considered safe in healthy adults.

It is always best to talk to your doctor or a pharmacist before starting any new supplements.

There are probiotics specially formulated for children as well. A few reports of infections occurred in those with extremely compromised immune systems. Long-term effects of probiotics have not been studied.


Claimed GoodBelly Benefits

GoodBelly states on their website that they cannot make health claims. This is due to the way the Federal Government regulates supplements and food items. They do suggest several ways that their GoodBelly probiotics can support and improve health.

GoodBelly health benefits may include boosting the immune system and improving digestion.

Other GoodBelly health benefits could be reduced belly fat, more energy, balanced blood sugar levels and more stable moods.

GoodBelly contains the well-documented and studied probiotic strain LP 299V. This strain is mostly studied for its effects on IBS and to reverse side effects in antibiotic-treated patients, both the World Journal of Gastroenterology and the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology report.

IBS is a common chronic digestive tract disorder. Its primary symptoms are bloating, gas, constipation, and diarrhea. Lactobacillus Plantarum 299V can reduce and alleviate those symptoms.

GoodBelly may improve overall immune health. Since 70% of the immune system resides in the gut, having balanced intestinal flora may result in increased immune system strength, according to a study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology.

Is GoodBelly Good For You?

For most healthy adults, GoodBelly is beneficial. It contains live probiotics and vitamins naturally existing in fruit juices.

The main negative about GoodBelly is that it contains at least 22g of sugar, which is four times more than the daily recommendation. Some users do not like the higher sugar content of many of their products.

They do make the GoodBelly Straight Shot that contains stevia instead of sugar. Excess sugar can cause some of the negative health benefits that GoodBelly is trying to negate.

Does GoodBelly Work?

Many studies are ongoing as to which strains of probiotics are the most beneficial for immune health and digestive issues. Initial research indicates that probiotics, including Lactobacillus Plantarum 299V, reduce digestive issues and build up the immune system, the Lancet Infectious Diseases reports.

There is also a lot of doubt as to whether probiotics can survive stomach acid to reach the digestive tract. Many brands sell enteric coated capsules or use stronger strains to ensure safe passage. GoodBelly uses one such strain, LP299V, which appears to be able to withstand stomach acid, as a study in the Digestive and Liver Disease suggests.

This ensures that consumers get the beneficial bacteria they need.

Some scientists claim that the number of bacteria in a probiotic is not sufficient to influence the health of the human body. The gut can contain trillions of bacteria. So, even a one-billion-CFU probiotic barely registers. This, however, refers to healthy individuals.

They do admit that you can often see improvement in those with chronic conditions. Although there are mixed thoughts about GoodBelly probiotics, most of the research, including one published in PLOS One suggest that people with digestive issues see some benefits.

The strain that works for each may vary depending on symptoms and situation.

12 Day Challenge

GoodBelly 12 Day Challenge

Users need to take probiotics for 12-14 days to repopulate the intestines. That is why GoodBelly created the GoodBelly 12 Day Challenge.

To join the GoodBelly 12 Day Challenge, simply sign up online. You can then drink 8oz or one shot per day. You can track your daily results via the Belly Tracker app.

Taking their product for 12 consecutive days will allow you to see how well it works for you.

They also give some great coupons and follow up on your progress. If you are not happy with GoodBelly products, they will give you a refund. However, be aware that it can take eight weeks for the refund.

Some individuals take GoodBelly after a course of antibiotics and some take them every day as part of a healthy lifestyle. It is essential to take a probiotic somewhat regularly.

The intestinal lining sheds cyclically, which also sheds good bacteria, adding to the need to replenish them.

Where to Buy & Cost

Where To Buy GoodBelly – What Does GoodBelly Cost?

You can buy GoodBelly at many natural food stores and conventional grocery stores: Sprouts, Whole Foods Market and Kroger.You can’t typically buy it online since it needs refrigeration.

However, Amazon does sell it, but they sell it by the case in an insulated cooler.

In stores, it will be in fridge sections with dairy, supplement, or alternative products, depending on the particular store.

The GoodBelly price will vary depending on the retailer. Most of their products range from around $3 to $20. The average GoodBelly price is between $4 and $6.

Money-Back Guarantee

If you don’t like GoodBelly after 12 days, the company offers to refund you for the full supply. You only need to send your receipts and a note to the company address.

What Are GoodBelly Alternatives?

GoodBelly alternatives would include other probiotic drinks or supplements. There are several probiotic shots available; one such example is Bio K. By-the-glass drinkable products like kefir or kombucha are also widely available.

GoodBelly contains only one strain of probiotic. They chose this particular strain due to its hardiness and available research.

There is other single strain probiotic supplements on the market. The most popular and commonly known is acidophilus. Some individuals prefer to start with a single strain to minimize complications.

Most studies including one published in the European Journal of Nutrition suggest that people need a variety of strains for proper gut health.

Since studies are not on all strains, the role of many of them is still unknown.

Let’s explore a list of several similar drinkable probiotics and how they compare to GoodBelly. We will look at Yakult, yogurt, Bio K, and kefir.

GoodBelly vs. Yakult

GoodBelly and Yakult both contain only one strain of probiotic. In this aspect they are similar.

However, they use different strains. Yakult uses Lactobacillus Casei strain Shirota, which is a unique strain to this company. Yakult does contain dairy.

GoodBelly vs. Yogurt

Yogurt is the most common source of probiotics for many Americans.

It can be dairy-based or vegan and vary in type and quantity of strains.

Yogurt usually contains Streptococcus Thermophilus and Lactobacillus Bulgaricus, among other strains.

GoodBelly vs. Bio K

Bio K is in shot form. It is available in dairy or dairy-free versions. Bio K contains three unique strains of probiotics.

It contains lactobacillus acidophilus CL1285, lactobacillus casei LBC80R, and lactobacillus rhamnosus CLR2.

GoodBelly vs. Kefir

Kefir is often dairy-based but can be vegan. It is similar to yogurt in taste but has a thinner consistency.

It may offer the most diverse line-up of strains of the options, as it naturally contains over 30 unique probiotic strains.


Directions For Taking GoodBelly

It is recommended by the company to take GoodBelly once a day at any time, before or after food.

They make two main types of products: GoodBelly shots and GoodBelly drinks. A serving size of the by-the-glass beverage drink is an 8 oz glass.

A serving size of the shots is one 2.7 oz. Shot. Some people can take half a shot instead of a full shot.

Getting too many probiotics is hard. So, even if you take a little more than the recommendation, there should be no side effects.

If you do experience gas or bloating, reduce the amount for a few days.

GoodBelly And Weight Loss

Probiotics can potentially aid in weight loss, according to the journal of Digestive Diseases. However, nothing competes with a healthy diet and moderate exercise for weight loss.

Probiotics may balance cholesterol levels, glucose levels, and reduce belly fat, as stated on Nutrition & Metabolism.

A study in Nature suggests that overweight individuals have a different mix of bacteria than healthy weight individuals. This could imply that there is a correlation between healthy weight levels and healthy gut bacteria.

Another study in Nature transplanted the bacteria from obese mice and lean mice into bacteria-free mice. The bacteria-free mice that received the bacteria from the obese mice gained more fat than those injected with bacteria from lean mice.

There is also some evidence shown in Lipids in Health and Disease that Lactobacillus strains of probiotics and healthy gut flora may increase the passage of lipids in the stool. The body absorbs less of the fat and instead passes it out. This could impact weight gain and potentially cholesterol levels.

Studies are still ongoing. However, there does seem to be a link between digestive health and weight gain, as this study in the International Journal of Obesity suggests. It is unclear whether taking a probiotic can recolonize the gut sufficiently to make a drastic change in weight levels.

Regardless, it can aid in digestion and help improve immunity.

These two components may in themselves help some individuals lose weight when combined with diet and exercise.

What Users Are Saying

“So far they have been helping with my stomach issues. They are not invasive on my stomach and help somewhat with the heartburn. I recommend this probiotic!”

“The price is good, but I didn’t get any of the benefits from the product. I think I will have to start using their Straightshots and/or Juice to reap all of the probiotic benefits. **WARNING!! the pills have half the amount of probiotic strains that all of their other products contain.**”

“Product did not reduce my bloating.”

Bottom Line

The Bottom Line On GoodBelly

Okay, now the conclusion you’ve been waiting for. Do GoodBelly probiotic shots and drinks work? Well, we like the available flavors and the helpful user feedback. But, we have doubts about this one because no studies are showing it’s effective. Also, some users complained about minimal results and adverse reactions.

If your goal is to get rid of unwanted pounds, we suggest choosing a program that only shares methods clinically- tested for weight-loss that are backed by solid user testimonials and positive remarks.

Among the best programs we’ve seen this year is one called Noom. This is not a restrictive diet – you still get to eat the foods you love – you learn how to eat them to continue to lose weight and keep it off. It’s with lifestyle changes that this clinically-proven program has gained such success for users.

The people behind Noom are so sure about their weight-loss program they’re offering a 14-day trial.

Learn More About Noom “

About GoodBelly

By HighYa Research Team Published on: Apr 12, 2016

Probiotics are big right now—like, really big. This means that if you’re in the market for one, you’ll find they’re available in just about any form, including daily capsules and gummies, foods like yogurts and cheeses, and even dog chews!

But now, with GoodBelly’s line of GoodDrinks and GoodShots, you can get the digestive support you need from delicious beverages containing live, active probiotic cultures. Compared to a lot of other food-based alternatives, you can achieve this without having to consume any dairy or GMO ingredients.

Each of GoodBelly’s products features a powerful probiotic strain called Lactobacillus plantarum 299v (more about this shortly), which is especially good at withstanding stomach acid. After it’s made its way to your digestive tract, it’ll balance your gut bacteria, lower pH, and improve your overall digestive health—even your immune system response! And GoodBelly is the only beverage in the United States that contains this powerful probiotic strain.


Whether you heard about probiotics from a friend, the TV, or your doctor, they sound like they could potentially provide a lot of benefits, so you’re ready to hop on the bandwagon. But just what are these bacteria, and can they really improve your health? If so, is GoodBelly your best option? Here, we’ll help you find answers to your most important questions.

Let’s start by taking a look at GoodBelly’s different products.

GoodBelly’s Probiotic Lineup

Overall, GoodBelly manufactures five different probiotic-infused products:

GoodBelly By the Glass

GoodBelly By the Glass is a unique drink that comes in 7 different flavors: Mango, Blueberry Acai, Pomegranate Blackberry, Tropical Green, Cranberry Watermelon, Tropical Orange, and Coconut Water. All are available in biggie-sized, multi-serving cartons.

Each 8oz serving of GoodBelly By the Glass contains 20 billion colony forming units (CFUs – more in a second) of bacteria, and is geared toward those who enjoy juice but want to get their daily dose of probiotics at the same time.

GoodBelly By the Glass beverages are non-GMO, soy and dairy-free, and vegan. Many are also certified USDA organic, while others are certified gluten-free.

GoodBelly PlusShot

PlusShots come in 4-packs that contain 20 billion CFUs per 2.7oz serving, in addition to vitamins and calcium. There’s no dairy in PlusShots, and they’re available in fruity flavors like Strawberry, Blueberry Acai, Mango, and Pomegranate Blackberry.

Don’t like taking pills, but still want your daily dose of vitamins? Then PlusShots might be right for you.


Perhaps the biggest benefit of GoodBelly’s StraightShot is that there’s no sugar added (only 30 calories!), yet it still has a slightly sweet taste due to the dairy-free oatmilk.

As with most of GoodBelly’s other products, StraightShot contains 20 billion CFUs of live bacteria per 2.7oz serving.


Like StraightShot, SuperShot features dairy-free oat milk for a slightly sweet taste, but unlike other options, SuperShot contains a whopping 50 billion CFUs per 2.7oz serving. For this reason, the company claims it’s ideal for those who are experiencing digestive flare-ups, those feeling particularly run down, or those who have undergone a recent round of antibiotics.

SuperShots are available in Vanilla Chamomile and Lemon Ginger flavors.

GoodBelly’s Probiotic Supplement

Each capsule of GoodBelly’s probiotic supplement delivers 10 billion active strains of beneficial bacteria to your gut. They’re also easy to swallow, so they’re great on the go.

According to the company, when taken regularly, this “power-packed” supplement can provide numerous benefits like boosted immune system function, reduced digestive upset, and improved regularity. The supplement might be especially useful if you’ve recently taken a course of antibiotics.

Like many of GoodBelly’s other products, their probiotic supplement is dairy-free, gluten-free, sugar-free, vegan, and non-GMO. This way, you can experience all these same benefits, regardless of dietary restrictions.

Alright, so those are all of GoodBelly’s probiotic-based products. But what about probiotics in general? How do they work? Are they really good for you?

Your Quick-Start Guide to Probiotics

You’ve probably heard the term antibiotic before, which are substances that kill bacteria in your body, often used to treat some type of illness. Well, probiotics are the exact opposite of this. Instead, you’ll ingest specific strains of bacteria so that they flourish inside your body (specifically, your digestive tract) and promote certain health benefits. Like what?

It’s important to note that there are several different strains of probiotic bacteria, each of which may provide certain benefits (such as being more resistant to stomach acid, helping with lactose intolerance, etc.). But in general, probiotics are used to aid in digestion—and in some instances, to help boost immune function as well.

” For Further Reading: Probiotics 101: A Beginner’s Guide


In the instance of GoodBelly’s probiotic products, they contain only one strain of bacteria named Lactobacillus plantarum 299v, one of the most common strains found in probiotic supplements. This is likely because lactobacillus is one of the largest groups of bacteria found in the human digestive tract, and is commonly found in yogurt and cheese. In fact, it’s one of the best-understood strains on the market, and its entire genome has been mapped.

When supplementing Lactobacillus plantarum 299v, clinical studies have found it to withstand high pH, bind easily to the mucosal lining of the digestive tract, prevent inflammation, regulate bacterial growth, and even to boost vaccine efficacy.

Are there any downsides to Lactobacillus plantarum 299v, or to probiotics in general?

Will GoodBelly Cause Any Side Effects?

For the most part, probiotic supplements are extraordinarily safe and can be taken by children (even infants) and pregnant women.

Once you begin taking any probiotic supplement (not just GoodBelly) and your gut begins rebalancing though, it’s not uncommon to experience mild gas, bloating, or even diarrhea for the first few days. This should subside quickly and uneventfully.

However, GoodBelly recommends: “If you find yourself experiencing this, you might want to consume only half of a GoodBelly serving for the first week, and then gradually reach the full serving once your digestive system adjusts to the changing microflora.”

How Much Do GoodBelly’s Products Cost?

GoodBelly’s products are only available through grocery stores (more about this next), so costs can fluctuate, but you’ll find that By the Glass costs about $3.75 for a 32oz carton, about $20 for the supplement, and Shot 4-packs for about $4.

Where to Buy GoodBelly Probiotics?

Regardless of where you live, you’re almost certain to find at least a few local stores that stock GoodBelly’s products, including health food stores like Sprouts, Whole Foods Market, as well as Kroger and Safeway-owned stores.

Pro tip: Keep in mind that GoodBelly’s By the Glass and PlusShot products are by far their most popular, so if you’re looking for something else, be sure to use their Where to Buy feature before heading out the door. Alternately, you can find many of GoodBelly’s other products through popular online retailers like

What Is GoodBelly’s 12-Day Reboot?

No matter where they’re purchased, all GoodBelly products come with a free introductory program called a 12-day reboot, which you can sign up for using your Facebook credentials or your email address. Here, you’ll drink one 8oz glass of GoodBelly (or take one shot) per day over the course of 12 days.

During this time, you’ll use GoodBelly’s Belly Tracker app to track “what you put in your body and how it makes you feel.” You’ll also receive an instant coupon and recipes as you move through the Reboot.


Then, after completing your 12-Day Reboot, if you’re not satisfied with the results, GoodBelly guarantees to give you a complete refund. All you have to do is fill out this refund form and send it to the company.

Pro tip: The 12-Day Reboot is only valid for GoodBelly 32oz cartons and 4-packs of PlusShot, StraightShot, and/or SuperShot. Also, keep in mind that it can take between 8-10 weeks for the company to process your refund, so you’ll need to be patient.

If GoodBelly’s customers are experiencing a lot of great benefits, then these prices might be worth it, right? What’s everyone saying?

Do GoodBelly Products Have Good Customer Reputations?

There was a fair amount of online customer feedback for GoodBelly, especially for their fruit drink, although only a handful of these provided long-term feedback. In general, most agreed that the taste was very pleasant.

On the other hand, Renee Woodruff of Shape Magazine took on GoodBelly’s 12-day challenge and also found that it tasted pleasant, worked well (decreased gassiness, firmer bowel movements), and caused only minor side effects (bloating, cramping, diarrhea).

106 Amazon reviewers chimed in about their experience with GoodBelly’s supplement, which earned an average rating of 4.4 stars. Common compliments referenced reduced digestive issues, improved regularity, and little-to-no side effects.

From a company perspective, GoodBelly products are manufactured by NextFoods based out of Boulder, CO. There’s quite a bit of information about them online, although they weren’t listed with the Better Business Bureau at the time of our research.

Are Probiotics in Liquid form Effective?

After researching dozens of different probiotic supplements and writing several in-depth guides, we’ve learned that the effectiveness of these products often depends on 1) what kinds of conditions you’re expecting to treat, and 2) the bacteria strains and CFU count they contain. In other words, if you’re looking to treat digestion-related issues using a probiotic with an acid-resistant strain, you very well might experience benefits—regardless of the format it comes in.

Really, as long as you store these supplements as directed, it ultimately comes down to personal preference.

For example, while you’ll find dozens of other probiotic drinks out there, all except for GoodBelly contain some kind of dairy. So, if you’re vegan or lactose intolerant—and you don’t want to take a traditional supplement—then GoodBelly’s currently the only game in town.

Outside of dietary needs and personal preferences though, are there any benefits to drinking your probiotics instead of popping a capsule once each day? We couldn’t find any.

Are GoodBelly’s Drinks Similar to Kefir?

In short, no. Kefir is a culture made from any type of milk (including coconut, rice, and soy milk), which is accomplished by adding gelatinous “grains” containing bacteria and yeast that ferment the milk and add vitamins, minerals, and easily digestible complete proteins. Then, these grains are strained from the milk, which can be consumed as needed.

On the other hand, GoodBelly’s products are infused with a specific probiotic strain developed to withstand the harsh environment of your stomach and make their way to your gut, where they can work their magic.

Before wrapping up, let’s talk about an important consideration to remember when comparing GoodBelly’s drinks to traditional probiotic supplements; namely, sugar content.

How Much Sugar Does GoodBelly Contain?

First, keep in mind that the American Heart Association recommends consuming no more than 9 teaspoons (36 grams) of added sugar per day for men, and no more than 6 teaspoons (25 grams) for women.

Here’s where it gets interesting: Although GoodBelly does have some low sugar options (Coconut Water contains 13 grams, StraightShot contains 3 grams, SuperShot 5 grams), a single serving of some of their drinks (Cranberry Watermelon, Tropical Orange) contains as much as 26g of sugar, which is more than the entire daily recommended intake for women.

Why is this important? Regularly consuming too much excess sugar can lead to all kinds of things, like weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, tooth decay, and even digestion problems. Given this, we’d have to wonder: Will the health benefits provided by GoodBelly’s probiotics be offset by the high sugar content in some of their drinks?

What’s a Better Value: GoodBelly or Traditional Probiotics?

When it comes down to it, GoodBelly’s products are extraordinarily popular, probably because customers report good results, great taste, and a reasonable price. But how does it’s price stack up to traditional probiotic supplements? Let’s run some quick numbers:

  • GoodBelly’s Monthly Cost: With tax, imagine you paid $4 for a 32oz carton of GoodBelly’s juice-flavored drink. Each recommended dose is 8oz, meaning each carton contains approximately 4 doses. So, you’d need about 2 cartons per week, or 8 cartons per month, totaling $32.

  • Other Probiotics Monthly Cost: Comparatively, you can find a month’s supply of 20 billion CFU (or more) supplements for as little as $15 at your local pharmacy. In fact, GoodBelly’s own probiotic supplement only costs $20!

From a price perspective, it would seem that traditional probiotic supplements are the clear winner. Given this, who might find the most value in GoodBelly? If you’re one of the rare individuals who experience unwanted side effects with probiotic capsules, who find drinking juice easier than remembering to take a pill, or who just want a great-tasting drink that might also boost your digestive health, then GoodBelly might be exactly what you’re looking for.

Otherwise, capsules might provide more bang for your buck.


I recently learned about Tropicana Probiotic Juice, a new juice product making its way into grocery stores everywhere.

The problem is that Tropicana Probiotic Juice is simply health-washing an otherwise unhealthy product. Let me explain…

I’m a big believer in probiotics and with good reason! Probiotics populate your gut with beneficial bacteria. I believe probiotics were and still are essential in helping me heal my body from the ravages of celiac disease.

But, unfortunately, Tropicana Probiotic Juice is NO GOOD FOR YOUR GUT. Seriously, not good. The idea that putting a few probiotics in a beverage overflowing with sugar is beyond comprehension. It’s what I call health-washing.

In fact, Tropicana Probiotic Juice is loaded with sugar and is terrible for your gut health – quite the opposite of what it was created to do.

Each 8 oz serving contains a whooping 28 grams of sugar to be exact. Twenty eight grams of sugar! Let that soak in for a minute.

Guess what sugar does to your body? Sugar assaults your gut because it feeds the bad bacteria and allows the bad bacteria to grow and proliferate. Any efforts to repopulate your gut with good bacteria by drinking Tropicana Probiotic Juice is completely null and void when such a beverage is mainly stuffed with sugar.

(Plus, sugar is an highly addictive and an extremely inflammatory food. So much for healing your body, right?)

Screenshot of Tropicana Probiotic Juice nutrition label. Source: Tropicana

You might be saying, “But there is no added sugar, it’s all natural sugar from fruit.”

While it is true that there is no added cane sugar in Tropicana Probiotic Juice, there is plenty of fruit sugar. Unfortunately for you, fruit sugar responds identically to white sugar in your body. At least when you consume whole fruit, you also consume the digestion-slowing fiber that helps the sugar enter your bloodstream more slowly. Plus, nutrients from the fruit will help to replenish your body’s nutrient bank vs. deplete it.

Studies have shown that a diet high in sugar can cause changes in your gut bacteria. In fact, one study says that sugars (both fructose and glucose) deter good bacteria from proliferating in your gut – which is bad news if you’re looking to create a healthy microbiome!

On top of it all, Tropicana probiotic juice only contains one billion CFUs (colony forming units) of probiotics. This might sound like a lot, but it’s not.

I take a probiotic capsule with 50 billion CFUs. A lot of the probiotic bacteria cannot survive the digestive process. Some experts says some strains of probiotics may survive stomach acid if encased in dairy or if they are enteric-coated (this is a polymer barrier that can withstand potent stomach acid). In the case of Tropicana Probiotic Juice, one billion CFUs per serving does not add sufficient beneficial bacteria to your gut. You’d have to drink a lot of this sugary drink to get a therapeutic dose of probiotics.

How Does the Sugar in Tropicana Probiotic Juice Compare to Sugar in Pepsi?

When you compare the sugar content in Tropicana Probiotic Juice to other sugary beverages, you’ll be shocked to your core!

Eight ounces of Pepsi contains about 28 grams of sugar – this is EQUAL to the amount of sugar in Tropicana Probiotic Juice. Yep, Tropicana Probiotic Juice contains JUST AS MUCH SUGAR AS AN 8 OUNCE CAN OF PEPSI!!

I can’t help but wonder if you’d be better off drinking a can of Pepsi and taking a therapeutic dose of probiotics from a pill instead instead of chugging Tropicana Probiotic Juice. Makes you think, huh? Or maybe we should put beneficial bacteria inside a can of Pepsi and health-wash it too? (This is sarcastic, please, Pepsi, don’t get any ideas!)

There is no way that Tropicana Probiotic Juice can “out-compete” (Tropicana’s words, not mine) the bad bacteria in your gut when the drink is feeding the bad bacteria 28 grams of sugar?!? This is mind boggling to me!

But I Thought Probiotics Were Good For Me?

Yes, probiotics are SO GOOD FOR YOU! Take them, every day, religiously. Your gut microbiome is in charge of your whole body health so keep it happy. Good gut bacteria keeps the bad bacteria in check. (Read: The Benefits of Probiotics for Women)

However, please don’t get your probiotics from sugary drinks like Tropicana Probiotic Juice, GoodBelly probiotic drinks, or Yoplait and other sugary yogurts (on average these yogurts contain 18 grams of sugar or more and contain only a very small amount of probiotics!).

Instead, get your probiotics from a capsule found at your local natural grocery store (and grow those good bacteria by eating plenty of healthy foods).

Here’s what to look for when buying probiotics:

  • Look for a high quality brand with multiple strains of beneficial bacteria – lactobacillus and bifidobacterium are the two most common and essential.
  • If you suffer from inflammation, autoimmune or any chronic condition, choose a probiotic with 50 billion CFUs (colony forming units) or higher. If you’re doing it to maintain health, choose 25-50 billion CFUs.
  • Switch brands often to introduce new beneficial bacteria into your gut. Buy what’s on sale.
  • Purchase probiotics as you need them (vs. stocking up) to ensure the probiotics are alive (they can die off over time) and therefore give you maximum benefits.
  • Take probiotics on an empty stomach because your stomach acid won’t be churing to digest food and you will have a better chance of bacteria survivability.

I hope that you’ve learned a valuable health lesson today and didn’t fall for the health-washing of an unhealthy juice product nor did you fall for the marketing gimmicks of PepsiCo (Pepsi owns Tropicana). Remember, don’t get your probiotics from a sugar-loaded beverages or foods; there are better and healthier ways to achieve good gut health.

One other thing to keep in mind… while Tropicana Probiotic Juice is gluten-free – it’s far far far from good for you (at least in my opinion).

“All disease begins in the gut.” Hippocrates

Additional Reading:

  • Making Your Own Kombucha
  • The Benefits of Probiotics for Women
  • 10 Probiotic Foods You Should Never Eat
  • 19 So-Called “Health Foods” that Aren’t Even Healthy
  • Why Gut Health Matters in Celiac Disease
  • 10 Amazing Homemade Juicing Recipes


17 Probiotic Pairings That Double Your Weight Loss

Peanut butter and jelly, apples and peanut butter, cookies and milk—there are lots of foods that taste better when eaten in pairs. But better taste isn’t the only benefit of pairing up your snack picks. It turns out, combining certain foods can also make the partnership more effective at promoting weight loss. For example: the magical combo of probiotics and prebiotics.

Together, prebiotics and probiotics work in a symbiotic relationship to improve gut health, which a Nature Reviews Endocrinology analysis concluded can ultimately help you lose weight by decreasing food intake, belly fat, and inflammation.

So, what are the best ways to pair these two elements in terms of nutrients and taste? Here are our favorite suggestions. And for more gut-healthy foods, check out our list of best probiotic foods for a healthy gut.

First… A Brief Lesson on ‘Biotics

What Are Probiotics?

There’s a battle going on in your belly and your body isn’t able to fight it off alone. That’s why we call in probiotics for backup. You’ve likely heard of these immune-boosting, inflammation-fighting, metabolism-revving good guys before. Probiotics are live bacterial cultures that are found in fermented foods like Greek yogurt and kombucha.

They get the name “pro” because they promote better gut health by helping to alleviate IBS symptoms, boost your immune system, and fend off bad bacteria strains that can rev appetite and cause weight gain. But even these nutritional superstars can occasionally use a boost. That’s where prebiotics come in.

What Are Prebiotics?

Prebiotics are the key to making sure those probiotics can provide you with their stellar benefits. Unlike probiotics, prebiotics don’t contain any bacteria themselves; rather, they act as the food source that helps the probiotics, as well as the good bacteria already in your gut, grow and thrive.

Prebiotics are a type of carbohydrate known as soluble fiber, which a Nutrients journal review described as a compound “known to resist digestion in the human small intestine and reach the colon where they are fermented by the gut microflora,” and can go on to help improve the composition and activity of gut bacteria.

How do probiotics and prebiotics promote weight loss?

This gut-friendly duo teams up to improve your weight loss results because they support each other. Probiotics need prebiotics to work their inflammation-reducing magic. Not only have scientists connected probiotics and prebiotics to weight loss independently, but the fact that probiotics feed on prebiotics make these combos all the move effective for weight loss.


Dark Chocolate and Bananas

The Probiotic: Dark Chocolate
The Prebiotic: Banana

Bananas are one of our favorite foods for weight loss. They’re loaded with potassium, which will accelerate hydration and muscle recovery, and the substantial dose of prebiotics helps ease digestion as well. Add that to probiotic-rich dark chocolate, and you’ve got yourself an epic duo. That’s because we’re not the only ones who love chocolate—our gut bugs do, too! A study conducted at Louisiana State University found that gut microbes in our bellies ferment the sweet stuff into heart-healthy, anti-inflammatory compounds that put a block on genes associated with insulin resistance and inflammation. We recommend freezing banana bites covered in melted dark chocolate for the perfect portion-controlled dessert.

Eat This! Tip:

Be sure to grab a dark chocolate bar with 70 percent cocoa solids or higher. Lower percentages of cocoa means more sugar. And because high sugar diets promote the spread of bad belly bacteria, you could end up offsetting the benefits of this mighty microbiotic team.


Berry Smoothie

The Probiotic: Greek Yogurt
The Prebiotic: Berries

Smoothies can help you achieve your flat belly goals, but the benefits of a berry and Greek yogurt smoothie go beyond just zipping up your skinny jeans. That’s because Greek yogurt is filled with two strains of bacteria (the good kind): Streptococcus thermophilus and Lactobacillus bulgaricus. Mixing that up with wild blueberries not only pumps up your fiber count, but also builds up your prebiotic count. The antioxidant-rich berry was proven to improve the balance of gut microbiota (in rats) in just six weeks according to a study published in the journal PLoS ONE.

If you really want to rev up this smoothie, add in flax seeds for another probiotic and bananas as another prebiotic. Not into drinking your breakfast? Combine these ingredients into a tasty parfait for the same immune-boosting benefits.


Antipasti Plate

The Probiotic: Green olives, soft age cheese, flax crackers
The Prebiotic: Roasted asparagus, garlic roasted veggies, gigante beans

Next time you’re hosting a get-together, set out an antipasti plate that’s good for your gut. Be sure to include green olives, soft aged cheeses such brie and feta, garlic roasted broccoli and asparagus. Asparagus is packed with prebiotic fiber, and garlic is filled with antimicrobial properties, which is key for balancing your levels of good and bad gut bacteria. A study published in the journal Phytomedicine showed that garlic hurt the bad bacteria, Clostridium, but left the good guys, Lactobacilli.


Cottage Cheese and Crackers

The Probiotic: Cottage cheese
The Prebiotic: Flax seed crackers

Reaching for the cottage cheese is a great way to cut back unwanted calories and fat compared to a typical cheesy spread. But not all cottage cheese is as great for your gut as its competitors. One company, Good Culture, adds probiotic strains to its products, making it a gut-friendly option. Mixing that with a flax-based cracker like Mary’s is one of our favorite healthy snack ideas. These crispy wafers are rich in prebiotic soluble fibers, which helps repair the gut as well as feed your microbes. And if you’re looking for more of a meal, eat up some cottage cheese with blueberries for breakfast!


Miso Soup

The Probiotic: Miso
The Prebiotic: Scallions

A go-to appetizer just got even better! That’s because the starter soup is made with miso, a soybean product that’s fermented with salt and koji—a probiotic fungus called Aspergillus oryzae. This good-for-the-gut miso is also a complete protein—meaning it contains 9 essential, muscle-building amino acids. Combine that with some prebiotic green onions or scallions, rich in inulin, which the gut uses to clean house as well as enhance a number of good bacteria in our gut.


Miracle Noodles with Green Peas and Cheese

The Probiotic: Green peas, goat cheese
The Prebiotic: Konjac- Miracle Noodle Base

Miracle Noodles, also known as Skinny Noodles, are made out of konjac: a prebiotic and dieter’s BFF. These noodles are a mere 20 calories per serving and are a great alternative for those trying to lose 10 pounds without feeling deprived. The downside: The noodles are practically taste-free. But they will soak up your dressing of choice. Opt for probiotic green peas, which are rich in strains of Leuconostoc mesenteroides. A Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry study found that this strain stimulates your immune system: your first line of defense against bad bugs and toxins. And mix in a soft cheese created by fermentation, like goat cheese, filled with beneficial bacteria leading only to a delicious, guilt-free super.


Kombucha and Oatmeal

The Probiotic: Kombucha
The Prebiotic: Oats

If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, why not make it the absolute best it can be? Ditch your coffee and give kombucha a shot. This probiotic bubbly drink has been found to contain the same strains of bacteria and yeast that yogurt and kefir commonly carry. Researchers have found that the drink increases the rate at which our bodies reduce levels of cortisol—a hormone that causes fat storages and weight gain, so sipping it can keep you slim. That, along with the addition of whole-grain oats for breakfast, is sure to keep you full and focused throughout the morning. Oats are a great source of an indigestible soluble fiber known as beta-glucans. These fibers help feed probiotics and have been connected to lowering levels of bad cholesterol, and putting a halt on an inflammatory action happening inside.


Jicama and Yogurt Dip

The Probiotic: Greek Yogurt
The Prebiotic: Jicama

Who said dip had to be guilt-filled? Make ranch or Tzatziki with Greek yogurt, and then use vegetables such as carrots, celery, and jicama—for your prebiotic fix—to eat your creamy dip.


Beef and Barley Soup

The Probiotic: Peas
The Prebiotic: Barley

A classic winter dish that just happens to be good for your gut! Barley is a great additive to soups because it is a whole grain. Studies have shown that once paired with a probiotic, like the addition of peas to this soup, a cup of whole grains a day can increase levels of Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli after just 3 short weeks.


Apple and Brie Panini

The Probiotic: Sourdough bread, brie
The Prebiotic: Apples

An irresistible sandwich just got so much better. Gooey brie cheese, crisp apples, and freshly-baked sourdough are pressed to perfection. Apples are a prebiotic, but only if you leave the skin on! That’s because the prebiotic fiber, known as pectic, is only found in the peel. Turns out your teachers were right: An apple a day keeps the doctor away!


Cheese and Bean Quesadilla

The Probiotic: Cheddar cheese
The Prebiotic: beans

If you’re going to indulge in a quesadilla, make sure your grab some gut-friendly benefits at the same time! Including a soft cheese, like cheddar, will help you reap probiotic benefits, particularly if you give it a kick with the addition of beans, a fiber-filled prebiotic. Some beans are better than others; we recommend navy beans, white beans, and black beans. Together this combo not only fills you with protein and fiber, but it also help to boost your metabolism and clear your gut.


Lentil Soup with Sourdough Bread

The Probiotic: Sourdough bread
The Prebiotic: lentils

What better way to eat your lentil soup than with a piece of freshly baked sourdough bread? When sourdough is bubbling away in the rising process, fermented wild yeast and friendly bacteria break down the gluten and sugar, creating good-for-your-gut proteins. Mixing that with lentils, a resistant starch, that allows microbes to ferment into fatty acids helps turns off genes that lead to inflammation and insulin resistant.


Whole Grain Granola with Greek Yogurt

The Probiotic: Greek Yogurt
The Prebiotic: Whole Grain Wheat

We can’t find a better way to start your morning, than with Greek yogurt. But topping it off with high fiber foods, like cereal made out of whole-grain wheat is an even better way to go. The less processed it is, the easier it will travel down to your gut to feed your beneficial microbes Swapping whole grain cereal for refined and processed granola is one of the easiest ways to fit prebiotics into your diet.


Kimchi Quinoa Bowl

The Probiotic: Kimchi
The Prebiotic: Asparagus, spinach

Kimchi may be a foreign concept to you. That’s okay, but it’s worth investigating. This Asian fermented veggie dish is made out of cabbage, radishes, and scallions. Pairing the probiotic with green veggies and olives in a Buddha bowl will do more than just heal your gut. In fact, researchers at Kyung Hee University in Korea found that after consistent consumption of Lactobacillus brevis, the cultured strain found in kimchi, obese lab rats experienced suppressed weight-gain by 28 percent! Meaning, compared to the other weight gaining weight, the rats consuming this strain gained less.


Greek Salad

The Probiotic: Tempeh, feta, olives
The Prebiotic: Onions, chickpeas

This classic light salad has the perfect crunch, salt, and protein without overdoing it. But beyond that is so much more. Like the beans mentioned before, chickpeas are a great source of prebiotics because they too, are “resistant starches.” An experiment published in the Journal of Functional Foods explains that when you consume a resistant starch, your gut biomes gets stronger. Translation: when you incorporate these into your diet the beneficial bacteria from fermented tempeh, your gut get a physical workout during the digestive process, becoming more assertive and leading to a healthier gut.


Kefir Smoothie

The Probiotic: Kefir
The Prebiotic: Blueberries, Flax Seeds

If you have a dairy-intolerance, kefir might be worth a look. This smoothie-like drink has been found to counteract the unwanted effects of milk’s tummy troubling lactose. In an experiment conducted at Ohio State University, researchers found that drinking kefir can reduce gas and stop belly bloat typically brought on by lactose consumption up to 70 percent! Pair that with some blueberries and flax seeds and you’re set to heal your gut.


Tempeh Taco Salad

The Probiotic: Tempeh, cheddar cheese
The Prebiotic: Beans, onions

Tempeh is one of the most well-known vegan foods out there, and trust us, the no-meat eaters are onto something good. This fermented soy product is made with a yeast starter that has a tender bite and little to no flavor. So when it’s paired with taco seasoning, rich raw cheddar, deliciously seasoned beans and onions, it creates one heck of a great-for-your gut meal.

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Mayo Clinic Q and A: Probiotics, gut bacteria and weight — is there a connection?

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I’ve read some research that indicates one possible contributing factor to obesity is the balance of bacteria in a person’s gut. In someone who is obese, is it possible to right that balance by taking a probiotic supplement, such as Lactobacillus gasseri, in conjunction with a balanced diet and exercise?

ANSWER: It is true that the gut bacterial population in people who are obese is different from the population in people who are lean. Whether this difference contributed to obesity, however, or is a consequence of obesity is unknown. The research on this subject so far hasn’t yielded clear answers. Although taking a probiotic is unlikely to cause harm, it may not help fight obesity.

First and foremost, it’s important to understand that weight gain is essentially a function of energy imbalance. You gain weight when you take in more calories than your body burns. And there is some evidence that bacteria in the gut play a role in how efficiently the body extracts energy from the food that reaches the small intestine.

Your digestive tract, also called the gut, contains trillions of bacteria. Many of those bacteria play a number of useful roles in the body, including metabolizing nutrients from food. While much of the bacteria in the gut are valuable, some are not. There have been studies done about how an imbalance between good and bad gut bacteria could contribute to certain medical disorders.

Eating foods such as yogurt and sauerkraut that contain probiotics — a type of “good” bacteria — or taking a probiotics supplement have been credited with health benefits. Although more research is needed, there is some evidence that probiotics might improve gut health.

To date, however, the only studies that have shown convincing results that changing the composition of gut bacteria (sometimes called the gut microbiome) affects weight have been performed using germ-free mice. In humans, on the other hand, the data are murky when it comes to the role of probiotics in helping with weight loss.

An analysis of the results of published research studies that have investigated probiotics and weight loss revealed no clear answers. In part, that’s because the research methods varied widely among those studies, and they included a range of different probiotics.

What is clear is that the most important factor determining the makeup of the gut microbiome is diet. But, again, that calls into question which comes first. Does obesity lead to a certain type of microbiome? Or does a certain type of microbiome lead to obesity? At this point, this is unknown.

That said, there are some steps you can take to maintain a healthier gut microbiome overall. For example, eating plenty of fruits and vegetables appears to help good bacteria in your gut thrive. Limiting fat, sugar and animal sources of protein may help, too, because research shows that diets high in those foods are correlated with a more unfavorable bacteria makeup in the gut.

Taking a probiotic supplement also may improve the health of your gut microbiome, but it’s unclear what role those supplements play in weight loss. The most reliable way to lose weight is to eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly, so you’re burning more calories that you’re consuming. If you have questions about the diet and exercise that’s right for you, talk with your health care provider. — Dr. Meera Shah, Endocrinology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

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