“ Type: Yoghurts „
Having been on a bit of an economy drive recently, we've stopped buying these for a while, and I have to say I do miss them. Not that they're madly expensive - it's usually possible to buy them on a special offer, which is by far the best way to get them!
If you've not tried Danone yogurts at all, the main claim they make is to help your gut with some fancy-named culture and do away with bloating. I personally take this with a pinch of salt (the claims, not the yogurts!) as I think you really need to try for yourself to see if they help - some say they do, some say they don't. I guess the thing to be aware of is that the claims are there so if you suffer in this area it might be worth a try. I've never noticed a massive improvement myself, but then I've never really stuck with the one to two pots a day they recommend.
As far as the 'good for you' bit goes - live yogurt cultures are good, and these yogurts do have a bit of added fibre which is generally a good thing.
However, I personally don't buy yogurts on this basis - I'm more concerned about the taste, so that's really what I'm reviewing. Danone yogurts generally are mild and creamy and I genuinely like most of them, but these fibre cereals ones are probably my favourites. I think there are two types - two that I've come across anyway. One is a kiwi flavour (something about pale-green yogurts really appeals to me!) with decent chunks of kiwi in, and the other (which I think is in the picture) is a vanilla flavour. Both varieties have cereal grains in - and that's where the 'love it or hate it' strikes - if you don't like the idea of chewy bits in your yogurt you'll probably hate these! Personally I enjoy the cereal - makes me feel like I've actually eaten something!
I like yogurts in general as they are quite refreshing and healthy snack. I had some stomach related problems but doctors haven't found anything. It is just that I am a bit skinny as my stomach is not the strongest one so cannot digest all the heavier stuff and I noticed that I feel better to eat smaller meals but more often. I am sure I have some genetic preposition for stomach related problems so I was always keen to try to keep yogurts and related products (Actimel, Yakult etc) as part of my everyday diet.
My favourite is Danone Activia Fibre Cereals. That's because it is not light and I want to be fat (I want to be fat - looks like a good title for a song - I want to be faaaaat...) I also like that it is sweetened by real sugar but it is not too sweet. I don't like artificial sweeteners. Yogurt with artificial sugars has a taste which stays longer then you would like in your mouth.
The most important ingredient is active bacteria from Bifidus family (Bifidus ActiRegularis) - it helps growth of good bacteria in the bowels which is very important for digestion and immune system. This yogurt variety comes with cereals inside. Very good source of fibre and I like texture of cereals in the mouth as well.
I cannot claim great improvements but I am sure it helps me keeping healthy. I guess you would have to eat 4-5 cups a day to heal your bowels if you are not well.
Above all it is not one of these things that we suffer to swallow for the sake of health (like fish oil). It is very pleasant and refreshing snack whatever the season.
Packing is robust enough. I am taking it every day with me in the bag and never suffered any leakage. (I am sure that will happen tomorrow as I said it loudly...)
The only problem I have is that my local Tesco has 127 varieties of Danone yogurts but not this one. I have to go to Sainsbury's to buy this one which is not on my way really... The closest to this one is Kiwi Cereals which has same specification plus few bits of Kiwi.
For ultimate indulgence I would recommended you to try it with the dimmed light in the room while Blue Moon (Cowboy Junkies) is played from your sound system and nice lady is sitting next to you...
...and now for something completely different...
I have tried quite a few of the Danone Activia yogurts over the last few weeks, as I received some vouchers from Bzzagent to try as part of their campaign to spread the word on various products. I had seen the television adverts for Activia many times, but had not tried it, as I was a little sceptical that they would do as they claimed, and they seemed to be on the expensive side.
Activia contains a unique live culture called Bifidus ActiRegularis, and it is claimed that this can help to slow digestive transit when eaten everyday (one or two pots is recommended daily). This could turn out to be quite costly if you had to pay the full price for them, and were eating them every day. These Activia yogurts contain added fibre and kiwi fruit. Per serving of 120g there is 3.6g of fibre and 123kcal. There is also 4.0g of fat per pot, though some of the other varieties are fat free or low fat. The fibre comes from oligofructose and inulin, as well as a variety of cereals, which can be tasted in the yogurt, along with pieces of kiwi fruit. There is some added sugar, though.
I really enjoyed eating these Activia yogurts. They are a good way to add extra fibre to your diet, and contain some fruit. I didn't really feel less bloated after eating Activia for two weeks, so I don't know if they work in that respect. It may help other people, though. It may be better to just have plain natural yogurt and add your own fruit. I will probably buy Activia again, as I like the taste, but I am going to make my own yogurt in the future with a yogurt maker from Lakeland.
i am a 51 year old female. I have been using laxatives since my 20's. I would go for days with out a bowel movement. I started using Activia and its unbelievable. I have a BM EVERY day now. Its light in color and soft. Like it should be. There have been 11 cases total of colon cancer, on both sides of my family. I can't express how happy and satisfied I am with Activia, and how its helped my life. Possibly saved my life. I had read some negative comments on the internet before I tried Activia, I am so glad I tried it for myself. I totally recommend it to anyone who has had lots of problems being regular. I still eat one every day. Its like magic.
After suffering which digestive cramps and pains for a number of years, i decided to give the Danone Activia yoghurt with bifidus digestivum a try, and see if the claims in the commercials were true. To my amazement after a couple of weeks my digestive system semmed to be working better than ever. i have very few cramps now and do not get that 'bloated' feeling i used to. Being a fan of strawberry yoghurt anyway the transition to this was not too difficult, the other flavours i have tried are peach which was ok and fig which was not to my liking but each to their own. I would thoroughly recommed giving it a try and see if it works for you.
Healthy eating yoghurt with active bio ingredients. Low fat.