What’s the difference between live cultures and probiotics?
Live cultures and probiotics are both terms for good bacteria. Live cultures are bacteria used to ferment foods, such as the bacteria found in yoghurt or kimchi. Probiotics are types of good bacteria that have been found to result in a specific health improvement, such as reducing bloating. Probiotics may be found in supplements or foods. Although some live cultures can have a probiotic effect, not all do. For example, even though all yoghurt is made using live cultures, a ‘probiotic yoghurt’ is a yoghurt that contains a specific amount of a specific strain of good bacteria, which research has shown can deliver a particular health outcome.