I recently had the opportunity to sample & review some new lactose free yogurt products. Green Valley Organics makes a line of lactose free yogurt, kefir & sour cream for those who can’t tolerate lactose, but are otherwise okay with dairy products. I have been lactose intolerant for at least 10 years, if not longer. I don’t think I realized that lactose was an issue for me until my allergist had be eliminate dairy from my diet for 30 days due to sinus congestion. All of a sudden my stomach felt much better. I had been drinking 2-3 glass of milk per day, as I had just given birth to my daughter, Hannah. I craved milk during pregnancy and continued to do so after she was born. It never even dawned on me until I eliminated dairy that it was lactose causing my stomach issues at that point in time (pre-Celiac diagnosis).
Green Valley Organics lactose free yogurt:
- Made with real dairy, lactose free
- Flourish® is our probiotic rich combination of 10 live & active cultures
- Less added sugar than many yogurts
- Kosher certified and gluten free
- Organic and delicious
- Certified Humane®
Probiotics are important to keep your digestive system healthy. There are many things that can throw off the balance of healthy bacteria in your system, including Celiac Disease. Probiotics can be taken in pill form, but they can also be ingested by eating yogurt. Green Valley Organics has their own, unique blend of probiotics:
Flourish® is Green Valley Organics® proprietary blend of 10 live & active probiotic cultures that work together to boost your body’s immune and digestive systems. No other yogurts – even those with lactose – have such a robust combination of healthy cultures, many of which work in synergy. Here’s what they can do for you:
1. Lactobacillus bulgaricus is always used in yogurt production. It helps to give yogurt its tart flavor and is helpful to sufferers of lactose intolerance.
2. Lactobacillus acidophilus is known to increase intestinal flora, so this probiotic is often recommended to those who have been taking antibiotics, which kill beneficial intestinal bacteria. It can also be helpful in reducing constipation, yeast infections and strengthening the immune system.
3. Lactobacillus paracasei assists in the growth of desirable bacteria in the body. It is also believed to aid in digestion as it reduces constipation and the effects of lactose intolerance.
4. Lactobacillus rhamnosus inhibits the growth of harmful bacteria in the intestine. It is used as a natural preservative in yogurt and has been found to balance the digestive tract and reduce incidences of diarrhea. It has even been associated with a reduction of respiratory tract infections in children.
5. & 6. Lactococcus lactis and Lactococcus diacetylactis aid in synthesis of folate and riboflavin – two important B vitamins – during digestion.
7. Streptococcus thermophilus alleviates symptoms of lactose intolerance and other intestinal disorders. It is also believed to improve health and support longevity.
8. Lactococcus cremoris, a bacterial starter culture, produces lactic and acetic acid, two aromatic agents of kefir. This culture adds to the characteristic flavor of yogurt and kefir.
9. Leuconostoc, with its ability to produce lactic acid and diacetyl, helps to ferment dairy products.
10. Bifidobacterium bifidum creates healthy natural intestinal flora, which aids in the synthesis of B vitamins. While it aids in digestion, it also helps prevent digestive disorders like constipation, gas, and food allergies.
I was able to sample the blueberry, strawberry, vanilla & plain varieties of the lactose free yogurt. I really enjoyed them all and appreciated that they were not overly sweet. Some yogurts out there on the market taste more like dessert than a healhty snack. The blueberry was my favorite of them all! Both of the strawberry & blueberry varieties had the fruit on the bottom to be mixed in, much like some other popular brands. I like this so I can see the fruit that I am mixing in. I was also pleased that this yogurt didn’t bother my stomach one bit! I will admit that I was a little hesitant to not take my lactase supplement as I started to eat the yogurt, but was worried for no reason! I can’t wait to try the peach & honey varieties once I find them at my local Whole Foods store.
Do you wonder how they make the yogurt lactose free? I did, so I visited the FAQ page on their website and found that they add the natural enzyme, lactase, to the yogurt. Those who are lactose intolerant do not produce this enzyme and can’t digest lactose. When lactase is added, it breaks down the lactose and makes it into easily digested simple sugars. Green Valley Organics lactose free yogurt can be found in select health food stores across the US.
**The products reviewed here were sent to me free of charge for review purposes. The opinions shared here are mine and have not been influenced by anyone or anything.