YOGURT PREVENTS DIARRHEA CAUSED BY TAKING ANTIBIOTICS

Many people develop diarrhea when they take antibiotics because the antibiotics kill good bacteria, which allows bad bacteria to overgrow and convert unabsorbed carbohydrates to gas and small particles that draw fluid into the colon to cause the diarrhea.

A study in Digestive Diseases and Sciences shows that eating yogurt each day you take antibiotics can reduce the incidence of diarrhea by more that 50 percent. However, only about five percent of commercial yogurts or yogurt products contain live bacteria that can prevent the bad bacteria from overgrowing and causing diarrhea. When you buy yogurt, look for the words "live culture" or "active culture" on the label. See report #9829.

Digestive Diseases and Sciences, October 2003.

Checked 8/9/05

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