All You Need To Know About Probiotic Yogurts | Activia Canada

Frequently Asked Questions

All yogurts are made with Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus, but most yogurts do not contain probiotics. Probiotics are living, friendly bacteria that have been scientifically studied, and when consumed in sufficient amounts, they provide a health benefit beyond basic nutrition. Activia yogurts contain Lactobacillus bulgaricusStreptococcus thermophilusLactococcus lactis AND our probiotic culture, BL Regularis.

Bifidobacterium (animalis) lactis is an exclusive strain of bifidobacteria specially selected by Danone Vitapole (Daniel Carasso Research Centre) and known in Canada under the name BL RegularisBL Regularis is a probiotic, active, living culture used only by Danone. BL Regularis contributes to the proper functioning of the digestive system and a healthy gut flora.*

*When consumed as part of a balanced diet and a healthy life style.

Our fresh milk is 100% Canadian.

It comes entirely from the Federation of Milk Producers of Quebec or the Dairy Farmers of Ontario.

The fruit used in our yogurt can come from anywhere in the world, depending on season and availability.

All Danone yogurts contain lactose, except for Activia Lactose-free yogurt. Yogurt is well tolerated by people with lactose intolerance. These people have difficulty absorbing the sugar found in milk, known as lactose, because they produce little or none of the lactase enzyme required to break down lactose into two sugars, thereby making it absorbable. The fermenting agents in yogurt contain this enzyme and pre-digest a part of the lactose. Furthermore, because of its thick texture, yogurt travels slowly through the digestive tract and therefore enters the intestine little by little, allowing for better absorption of the remaining lactose.



Activia is suitable for the whole family, including children who are looking to eat a healthy, balanced diet.

Like all dairy products, yogurt should preferably be eaten by the “best before” date.  However, if it is only slightly past the expiry date, there is no danger. The product will simply contain fewer living bacteria and the taste could be slightly more acidic.

The gelatin in Activia is from a bovine source. Our Activia Shot Probiotic Drink and Activia Plain yogurt do not contain gelatin.

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About Activia No Added Sugar

This means that we have not added sugar to the product. Sugars come naturally from milk
and fruits. The product does not contain added sugar, ingredients with added sugar, and ingredients containing sugar that have sweetening properties.













Because milk and fruits naturally contain sugar.




Yes, every serving of Activia contains more than one billion probiotics.*

*With more than 109CFU Bifidobacterium lactis per serving, this probiotic contributes to healthy gut flora.

















The 0% product contains 6g of sugar per 100g and is sweetened by milk, fruits and cane sugar, while the no added sugar product contains only 3g of sugar and is sweetened by milk and fruits. We also add stevia extract, which gives a slightly sweet taste, without adding calories and sugar.


Yes, all products in the 0% M.F. line are fat free.













No, the product is not exactly the same. Activia 12x100g format offers 0% fat and is sweetened with milk, fruits and cane sugar. Activia 8x100g also has 0% fat but is naturally sweetened with milk and fruits.

No, only the flavors peach-strawberry in format 8x100g and cherry-blueberry 8x100g are no added sugar. Our vanilla TUB, the 8X100g raspberry-vanilla and the 12X100g vanilla, raspberry, peach and strawberry format are sweetened with cane sugar.

We still have the same great taste of Activia, however, the No Sugar Added line has a stronger taste of stevia since we have removed the cane sugar from the formula to offer you a product only sweetened with milk and fruits.

About Activia Chia

In the formula of the Fiber line we find cereals (oats, wheat flakes, chicory root inulin) whereas in the Chia line, we have replaced cereals by whole chia seeds.







The texture of the product is thicker because the chia seeds expand in the yogurt, giving the product a richer consistency.





No, the cereals that allowed the product to have a source of fiber has been replaced with chia seeds. Chia seeds contain fiber, but the amount in the product is not sufficient to indicate the source of fiber claim.

Yes, each serving of Activia contains over one billion probiotics*.

*Each 100 g serving contains more than 109 CFU of Bifidobacterium lactis,
a probiotic that contributes to the health of the intestinal flora.








Chia seeds are visible in the yogurt and give a crunchy texture!




About Activia Lactose Free

All Danone yogurts contain lactose, except for Activia Lactose-free yogurt. Yogurt is well tolerated by people with lactose intolerance. These people have difficulty absorbing the sugar found in milk, known as lactose, because they produce little or none of the lactase enzyme required to break down lactose into two sugars, thereby making it absorbable. The fermenting agents in yogurt contain this enzyme and pre-digest a part of the lactose. Furthermore, because of its thick texture, yogurt travels slowly through the digestive tract and therefore enters the intestine little by little, allowing for better absorption of the remaining lactose.



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