GoodBelly probiotic drinks are non-dairy drinks with the live and active Lactobacillus plantarum 299v probiotic strain in them. The drinks are manufactured by NextFoods and are the only beverages in the USA that offer this probiotic strain. They are found in the refrigerated sections of many grocery and health food stores.
The benefits and characteristics of Lactobacillus plantarum 299v, L. plantarum 299v or Lp299v, as it is often called, from scientific studies are summarized on this page. According to NextFoods, their products “may promote healthy digestion when consumed daily as a part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.”
As of November, 2013, there are 5 main types of these products:
GoodBelly StraightShot: A non-dairy oatmilk 2.7-oz. shot with 20 billion CFU of Lp299v per serving and no added sugar. Total of 3 grams sugar. One serving per day.
GoodBelly BigShot50: A non-dairy oatmilk 2.7-oz. shot with 50 billion CFU of Lp299v per serving and no added sugar. Total of 5 grams of sugar. Comes in 2 flavors, Lemon Ginger and Vanilla Chamomile. This is the most potent product in the GoodBelly line of products and may be found in the refrigerated supplement section of stores. One serving per day.
GoodBelly+ : A single-shot 2.7 oz serving which contains 20 billion CFU (10 billion in the citrus varieties) of Lp299v plus 9 vitamins and calcium. Has added cane sugar for a total of about 9 grams of sugar. One serving per day. Comes in 4 flavors at this time: Blueberry Acai, Mango, Pomegranate Blackberry and Strawberry.
GoodBelly Family-Sized Quarts: 32-ounce cartons of juice with four 8-ounce servings per quart. Each serving contains 20 billion CFU of Lp299V. (Citrus varieties contain 10 billion.) Has added cane sugar. One serving per day.
There are also Gluten-Free Family-Sized Quarts: 32-ounce cartons with four 8-ounce servings per quart. Each serving contains 20 billion CFU of Lp299V. (Citrus varieties contain 10 billion.) Look for the green caps. All flavors but coconut water have added cane sugar. One serving per day.
The quarts are available in various flavors:
The good points about these probiotic drinks as I see them are:
The cons of these probiotic drinks as I see them are:
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