Does Chobani Have Probiotics?

Written by: Kari Raman, PharmD, RPh
Published September 23, 2023

When you are a pharmacist, people ask you questions about everything in the pharmacy – including the food. So it’s not too surprising that people have asked me if Chobani yogurts have probiotics. 

The answer is yes – pretty much all of the yogurt products that I’ve seen have active cultures – that means living probiotics. But are they a good source of healthy probiotics? Well, yeah, but let’s get out our spoons and dig in to learn more.

Are the Probiotics in Chobani Good Ones?

Chobani uses the power of probiotics and puts in several strains with known health benefits in most of their yogurt products. Later in this article I’ll share which specific ones are in which specific products. But in general, probiotics have garnered widespread recognition in the health and wellness community for their role in supporting digestive health, and some studies are showing that they may improve immune function, and might offer other physiological benefits.

But not every strain is created – or studied – equally. When I looked through their product offerings, I found that many of their products have these specific strains:

  • Streptococcus Thermophilus
  • Lactobacillus Bulgaricus
  • Lactobacillus Acidophilus
  • Bifidobacterium
  • Lactobacillus Casei
  • Lactobacillus Rhamnosus

Each of these probiotic strains possesses distinct qualities. However, when consumed as part of a regular diet, they can contribute to balanced gut flora and promote overall well-being.

And they make some delicious dairy products!

Science Behind Chobani’s Probiotic Strains

Let’s delve into the science behind some of the key probiotic strains found in Chobani and explore their potential health benefits. I had to resist another spoon diving pun. 

Streptococcus thermophilus: Sharing the stage with Lactobacillus bulgaricus in the yogurt-making process, Streptococcus thermophilus is a central player in creating the creamy texture and tangy flavor of fermented dairy products. From a health perspective, this strain may play a role in supporting gut health, although further research might provide a clearer understanding of its specific benefits.The research I’ve seen suggests that it might help with lactose intolerance, diarrhea and it might improve gastritis systems. 

Lactobacillus bulgaricus: This probiotic strain is commonly utilized in yogurt production. It is commonly used with Streptococcus thermophilus to ensure that the fermentation process goes smoothly. Apart from its role in yogurt production, this strain might also confer certain digestive health benefits to the consumer, although there isn’t a ton of research.

Lactobacillus acidophilus: A superstar in the probiotic world, Lactobacillus acidophilus resides naturally in the digestive tracts of many healthy individuals. It’s one of the most extensively researched probiotic strains, with numerous studies shedding light on its potential benefits. Clinical trials suggest that Lactobacillus acidophilus may enhance immune function, improve overall gut health, and alleviate certain symptoms associated with conditions like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). It might also be effective in managing diarrhea and other digestive disturbances. I wrote a whole article on L. acidophilus – it’s a superstar bacteria. 

Bifidobacterium: Bifidobacterium is a key player in human gut health, is frequently found in a healthy human gut and plays a crucial role in maintaining gut flora stability. Beyond aiding in the fermentation of fibers and complex carbohydrates into beneficial short-chain fatty acids, this bacterial powerhouse boasts a range of potential health benefits. It may bolster gut health, reduce inflammation, enhance bowel regularity, and stimulate the immune system. Some evidence suggests that Bifidobacterium can help manage diarrhea, alleviate symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), and even support weight management.

Lactobacillus Casei: This is a strain of probiotics found in various fermented foods and naturally present in the human mouth and intestines. Some research indicates that Lactobacillus Casei might assist in the modulation of bowel disorders and support the immune system, though results can vary. Additionally, there’s limited evidence pointing to its role in mitigating certain allergic reactions and maintaining gut balance. As with many probiotics, the effects of Lactobacillus Casei are not uniform across individuals, and further research is required to understand its comprehensive impact.

Lactobacillus Rhamnosus: This one is pretty well studied, and may have some positive impact on gut health and beyond. These studies suggest that Lactobacillus rhamnosus might have potential benefits, such as promoting gut health, modulating immune function, and possibly reducing symptoms of IBS. Some research indicates that this strain could play a role in both preventing and addressing diarrhea, though outcomes may vary among individuals.

Ok, so now that we’ve established that the brand is using some good probiotics, let’s see which Chobani products have which specific strains.

Do Chobani Flips Contain Probiotics?

Yes, they do! Chobani Flips are renowned for their mix-in ingredients, and loved by my nieces and nephews.

They are enriched with 6 live and active cultures: S. Thermophilus, L. Bulgaricus, L. Acidophilus, Bifidus, L. Casei, and L. Rhamnosus, which are believed to promote gut health – see the strains and science that I listed above. They do have a lot of sugar, so that’s not really a super healthy thing.

Does Chobani® Greek Yogurt Have Probiotics?

Absolutely. This iconic yogurt variant by Chobani, made from healthy milk, contains the same six beneficial live and active cultures as their Flips products: S. Thermophilus, L. Bulgaricus, L. Acidophilus, Bifidus, L. Casei, and L. Rhamnosus. This means every spoonful may aid digestive health for otherwise healthy people. 

What About Chobani® Less Sugar Greek Yogurt?

Even with 40% less sugar than similar products, this variant is a winner in the probiotics department. It houses the same six cultures: S. Thermophilus, L. Bulgaricus, L. Acidophilus, Bifidus, L. Casei, and L. Rhamnosus, ensuring you get your dose of gut-friendly bacteria (and a yeast) without the extra sugar.

Does Chobani Zero Sugar Contain Probiotics?

Yes, their zero product does.

Opting for a zero-sugar option doesn’t mean you’re missing out on the benefits. Chobani Zero Sugar contains the beneficial strains S. Thermophilus, L. Bulgaricus, L. Acidophilus, Bifidus, L. Casei, and L. Rhamnosus. One is a yeast, the others are bacteria. 

Are Chobani Greek Yogurt Drinks Rich in Probiotics?

Indeed, they are. These handy drinks, perfect for those on-the-move, pack in 10g of protein and also contain the six beneficial live and active cultures, ensuring gut health even when you’re in a rush. These strains are: S. Thermophilus, L. Bulgaricus, L. Acidophilus, Bifidus, L. Casei, and L. Rhamnosus.

Does Chobani® Complete Yogurt Drink Contain Probiotics?

Yes! Labeled as advanced-nutrition, Chobani Complete doesn’t just boast live and active cultures but is also loaded with billions of probiotics that support both digestive and immune health. These include beneficial strains like S. Thermophilus, L. Bulgaricus, L. Acidophilus, Bifidus, L. Casei, and L. Rhamnosus.

How About Chobani Daily Probiotics Yogurt Drink?

Absolutely. These drinks, crafted with genuine fruit and local milk, don’t just have standard yogurt cultures like S. Thermophilus and L. Bulgaricus. They also provide probiotic powerhouses such as LGG® L. Rhamnosus, L. Acidophilus, Bifidus, and L. Casei, ensuring maximum gut health benefits.

What are Probiotics?

As we near the end of our deep dive into Chobani’s probiotic offerings, it’s essential to address a fundamental question: What exactly are probiotics?

Probiotics are live microorganisms, often referred to as “good” or “beneficial” bacteria and yeasts, which when ingested in adequate amounts, may offer health benefits. They are similar to the naturally occurring microorganisms found in the human gut, which is part of a complex ecosystem contributing to our overall health.

But, it important to remember that they are not magic. They may be able to help modestly improve some issues, but don’t generally cure serious health problems. It always makes sense to see your primary care doctor if you have serious health concerns.

The primary role of these friendly microbes is to maintain a balanced state in our digestive system. This is generally the area where the medical science is strongest for the possible benefit. By doing so, they can contribute to several aspects of our wellbeing. Here are some of the potential benefits that probiotics might offer:

  • Digestive Health: Probiotics may help maintain a healthy balance of gut flora, which is crucial for proper digestion. They might assist in reducing symptoms of common digestive disorders like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, and diarrhea. For example, here is a pretty well conducted research study on how one of the bacteria in Chobani’s products may help with IBS symptoms.
  • Immune System Support: Some evidence suggests that probiotics might play a role in enhancing the immune system, possibly reducing the frequency or severity of colds and other infections.
  • Mental Health: Emerging research indicates a connection between gut health and mental health, known as the gut-brain axis. Therefore, probiotics might impact mental wellbeing, potentially helping to alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety. The research is pretty preliminary, but it’s interesting.
  • Other Potential Benefits: There is ongoing research into other areas where probiotics might be beneficial, including skin health, weight management, and reducing the risk of certain chronic diseases.

However, it’s important to note that the effects of probiotics can vary significantly depending on the specific strain and the individual consuming them. Not all probiotics are the same, and their benefits can be specific to certain strains. Additionally, while there is promising research, many aspects of probiotics and their effects on human health require further study. Therefore, it’s advisable to use words like “may” and “might” when discussing the health benefits of probiotics, as their impacts are not universally guaranteed and can vary from person to person.

In summary, while probiotics, like those found in Chobani products, are often associated with various health benefits, it’s important to approach their use with an understanding of their potential variability and the ongoing nature of research in this field.

In Conclusion

Chobani’s extensive product range, spanning from traditional Greek yogurt to innovative yogurt drinks, showcases their commitment to supporting gut health. Virtually all their products are brimming with probiotics, beneficial for a healthy digestive system. So, when you’re pondering in the dairy aisle about Chobani and probiotics, rest assured they are a prime choice for both flavor and health. I also have an entire article on the amount of probiotics in yogurt – and in case you are wondering about Chobani, according to the International Dairy Foods Association, to be labeled as containing “live and active cultures,” a yogurt typically should have at least 100 million cultures per gram at the time of manufacture.

Pharmacist Kari Raman

I’m Kari Raman PharmD, RPh, and I am a licensed, practicing pharmacist. I hold a Doctorate in Pharmacy from The University of the Pacific, and I’ve served patients in retail, compounding and hospital pharmacies.

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