I took one look at the nutrition label of GoodBelly Probiotic drinks and got sick thinking about it. People are drinking this stuff thinking it’s a health food, but indeed it is not! It is being marketed as a health food. It’s containers tout healthy names like “Blueberry Acai” and “Tropical Green” and the tagline on its website says, “The tasty way to set your health in motion.” Let me assure you, though, this drink is far from healthy!
First a little nutrition lesson.
The reason someone might take a drink with a probiotic in it is because their belly is rumbling. They may have yeast in their belly (heard of Candida?), or upset stomach (gassy, bloating, etc…. you get the picture.). A good probiotic introduces good bacteria into your gut, helping with your digestive discomfort and helping you feel your best self again. Great news, right?
However, did you know that the yeast (Candida) in your body (aka, bad bacteria) actually FEEDS on sugar? Yes, my dear, sugar makes your bad bacteria worse, making you feel more gassy, bloated, constipated, etc. Sugar is just fanning the flames of yeast and indigestion.
So someone tell me, why in the world would you drink GoodBelly probiotic drinks to feel better? They are loaded with SUGAR. Sure, the sugars are “natural sugars from fruit juices,” and GoodBelly says on its website the sugar is important to “keeping the probiotics stable”, but it’s still sugar people and that is bad news for your gut and your overall health!
Here’s how GoodBelly drinks stack up in the sugar lane:
- Tropical Orange: 26 grams of sugar
- Cranberry Watermelon: 26 grams of sugar
- Coconut Water: 13 grams of sugar
- Mango: 22 grams of sugar
- Blueberry Acai: 24 grams of sugar
- Pomegranate Blueberry: 22 grams of sugar
- Tropical Green: 20 grams of sugar
Guess how much sugar the government recommends in your diet? The answer is very little, if any.
Guess what bad bacteria in your gut is feeding off of? Sugar. It doesn’t discriminate whether it’s fruit juice or the white refined stuff. Sugar is sugar to yeast and bad bacteria.
Guess what is making you fat and crave more sugar? Yep, it’s sugar.
Let’s compare Tropical Orange GoodBelly (26 grams of sugar per 8 oz.) to a glass of Coke (24 grams of sugar per 8 oz.). Oh no, don’t say so! Your GoodBelly drink has more sugar than a can of Coke!
Let’s compare Blueberry Acai GoodBelly (24 grams of sugar per 8 oz.) to a donut (11 grams of sugar per donut). You could eat two donuts instead of guzzling down a glass of GoodBelly.
Boy, you’ve been fooled by good marketing!
The main difference, however, is that Coke and donuts aren’t marketed to you as a health food, but GoodBelly is being marketed as good for you! At least when you drink a Coke or down a donut, you know it’s bad for you. You do so at your own volition; but with GoodBelly, you’re thinking you’re ingesting something awesome for your health, and indeed you are not!
Since this is a gluten-free blog, I should mention that most GoodBelly drinks are not gluten-free. They contain oat flour (not GF oat flour). Some contain barley malt. There are some that are gluten-free (green caps), including Tropical Orange and Cultured Probiotic Coconut Water.
So what can you do? Instead of drinking this sugary beverage that will make you fat and feed the bad bacteria in your gut, opt for a probiotic supplement (there are many available on Amazon and in health food stores – affiliate link) and down the supplement with an 8 oz glass of fresh H2O.