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It has to be remembered that not all bacteria are bad for you, and with the possible involuntary consumption of antibiotic residues in meat and poultry, many modern thinkers believe that a healthy addition to normal diet is an occasional dose of probiotics to aid digestion and even act as a anti- carcinogenic.

Live yoghurts have been developed to fulfil this function, but in recent tests some yoghurts purporting to contain live cultures had so little that the panel considered it doubtful that they would be strong enough to reach the human gut and be of any health benefit. Of the brands tested, the following came out well - Multibionta, Healthcrafts, Larkhall, Quest & Yakult.

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