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, as well as via Amazon.com Fresh Delivery.
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. Note that there is one product, described below, that does NOT have Lp299v in it.
As of late March, 2019, there are these available products (Please always check ingredients prior to consuming as manufacturers change products without notice):
GoodBelly StraightShot (Not Gluten-Free): 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 PlusShot (Not Gluten-Free): A non-dairy oatmilk 2.7 oz serving which contains 20 billion CFU of Lp299v plus 9 vitamins and calcium with added cane sugar for a total of 8 g of sugar per shot. One serving per day. Comes in 4 flavors at this time: Blueberry Acai, Mango, Pomegranate Blackberry and Strawberry.
GoodBelly SuperShot (Not Gluten-Free): 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. One serving per day.
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. One serving per day.
The quarts are available in various flavors:
Infused Beverages (Gluten-Free): In 12-oz. bottle with flavors such as Watermelon Lime, Lemon Ginger, and Orange Pineapple Basil. They have 20 billion CFU of Lp299v per bottle. 5 grams of sugar total per bottle.
Nutrition Bars (Gluten-Free): Honey Almond Butter and Cocoa Peanut Butter flavors with 1 billion CFU of Bifidobacterium lactis BB-12 per bar. They contain added sugars for 9 g of sugar total per bar, 21 total carbs, 3 g of fiber and 9 g of protein. You can find them here.
Protein Shakes (Not Gluten-Free): With 15 g of pea and chickpea protein plus 40 billion CFU of Lp299v per bottle in flavors such as Tropical Coconut, Green Power, and Triple Berry. They contain added sugar for a total of 32-40 g of sugar per 16 oz. bottle.
Probiotic Supplement, Plain (Gluten-Free): Contains 10 billion CFU of Lp299v with potato starch, vegetable magnesium stearate, and hydroxypropyl-methyl cellulose (capsule). May contains trace amounts of soy. You can find it on Amazon.com here.
Probiotic Supplement, Plus Iron, Folic Acid and Vitamin C (Gluten-Free): Also dairy-free, soy-free, and vegan, but with other additives. You can find it on Amazon.com here.
The good points about these probiotic products as I see them are:
The cons of these probiotic products as I see them are:
If I were to take this, I would skip all the products with added sugars. You can find other supplements with Lp299v in them on this page.
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